Fast Switchable Wavelength Selective Integrated Optical True Time Delay Modules based on Ultralow loss, Athermal and Polarization Independent Waveguid

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,009.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-05-C-R021
Agency Tracking Number:
04SB2-0024
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB042-033
Solicitation Number:
2004.2
Small Business Information
PHOTON-X, LLC
283 Great Valley Parkway, Malvern, PA, 19355
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
141952098
Principal Investigator:
Anthony Garito
CEO, President
(610) 613-8793
afgarito@aol.com
Business Contact:
Yongming Cai
Director of Nanofabrication
(484) 888-2966
ycai@photon-x.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this proposal is to develop innovative fast switchable (~200ns), wavelength selective, integrated optical true time delay modules based on ultralow loss, athermal and polarization independent waveguide platform with an insertion loss of <3dB for 4 and 8-bit RF system and telecommunication applications. The proposed approach is based on wavelength selective time delay switching via a fast switchable tunable laser with wavelength selective delay lines. Passive wavelength selective time delays are provided by our record breaking ultra-low loss (i.e. <0.045dB/cm over O/C/L bands with a Dn of 1.6%) Teflon-based perfluoropolymer waveguide platform, where array waveguide gratings (AWGs) and delay lines are monolithically integrated. Fast reconfiguration is realized by a digitally switchable (i.e. 8-bit) tunable source based on Sample Grating Distributed Bragg Reflector (SGDBR) laser. In the proposed design, digital control of the TTD module can be processed at the SGDBR lasers with an 8-bit digital operation, while monolithically integrated AWG and delay lines provide all passive TTD signal processes, resulting in more simple system architecture. Furthermore, VLSI fabrication of monolithically integrated AWG and delay lines enable superior control of the resolution of the delay lines (~1micron), thus providing sub-picoseconds time delay control.

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