Development of an EO/IR Common Aperture Modular Multifunction Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0309
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-024-0547
Amount: $149,983.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T024
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-06-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
500 Mansion ct., suite 307, Santa Clara,, CA, 95054-3560
DUNS: 809978856
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Salah Khodja
 Senior Scientist
 (858) 663-0081
 khodja@ultimara.com
Business Contact
 Salah Khodja
Title: Senior Scientist
Phone: (858) 663-0081
Email: khodja@ultimara.com
Research Institution
 Stanford University
 Mark Brongersma
 476 Lomita Mall
Stanford, CA, 94305-4045
 (650) 736-2152
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The goal of this program is to develop and fabricate an ultra-low Size, Weight, and Power (SWAP) integrated electro-optic beam-steering technology that utilizes ultra-fast electro-optic active plasmonic waveguide arrays to achieve very wide scanning angle with diffraction limited beam quality. We propose a very scalable electro-optic plasmonic waveguides array that provides the electro-optic phase shift in subwavelength waveguide cross-section in the near-field. plasmonics enable sub-diffraction-limit dimension, allows for ultra-high speed, low power consumption, on-chip integration, and low-unit-cost. The innovative scalable plasmonic array design can steer efficiently the optical beam over wide angle range>1700, while being ultrafast, compact and power efficient, with very low loss to the laser beam, the large optical aperture>1cm allows the device to handle very high laser beam power. Existing beam steering device are bulky, hybrid and can"t be integrated on miniature multifunction aperture for EO/IR sensors. The use of novel plasmonic metallic nano-structure waveguide array, with efficient and fast electro-optic material, will enable miniature fast beamsteering devices that have never been done before. The plasmonic beam steering resolution and scalability will be able to generate diffraction limited beam that match the beam quality of steering mirrors.

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