Modeling Tools for the Development of Innovative Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) Local Area Networks (LAN)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0416
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-008-0609
Amount: $79,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: N11A-T008
Solitcitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
RAM Photonics
4901 Morena Blvd. Suite 128, San Diego, CA, 92117-3557
Duns: 831819979
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Marciante
 Managing Member
 (585) 771-7311
 john.marciante@ramphotonics.com
Business Contact
 John Marciante
Title: Managing Member
Phone: (585) 771-7311
Email: john.marciante@ramphotonics.com
Research Institution
 Rochester Institute of Technology
 Nancy Forand
 One Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY, 14623-
 (585) 475-6853
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Wavelength-division multiplexing has been employed to great success in long-haul transmission systems to increase capacity and provide a new means (wavelength) of routing. Their application to local-area networks (LANs) on aircraft is promising due to the light weight and narrow cross section of optical fiber, as well as fiber"s immunity to EMI. However, the dominant transmission impairments for aircraft LANs are different than long-haul transmission systems and therefore require a different development tool. Of primary concern to aircraft LANs are high loss, multipath interference (MPI), and signal degeneration through multiple WDM components. We propose a potentially fast and efficient model for WDM LAN development, based on transfer matrices (TMs). TMs have the general advantage of representing entire systems by only a single or small number of matrices and have been used successfully to model photonic components in series. This program seeks to extend transfer-matrix modeling beyond systems in series to systems in ring and mesh topologies that have a multitude of input and output lightpaths. Successful completion of this program will prove out the efficiency and scalability of a transfer-matrix approach to a network of WDM components.

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