Multi-port Electro-optic Switch Architecture for Efficient Programmable True Time Delay Unit

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,994.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-11-C-7611
Agency Tracking Number:
B103-027-0287
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA10-027
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
Srico, Inc.
2724 SAWBURY BOULEVARD, COLUMBUS, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
609463302
Principal Investigator:
James Toney
Senior Research Scientist
(614) 799-0664
sri@srico.com
Business Contact:
Judith Sriram
VP&Business Manager
(614) 799-0664
judith@srico.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Recent broadband analog photonic link performance improvements have renewed the interest and activity in developing microwave photonics for broadband radio frequency (RF) signal transmission and signal processing. Increased bandwidths and reduced fiber optic link insertion loss/noise figure accompanied by increased dynamic range have created real insertion opportunities of advanced fiber optic signal distribution manifolds and RF photonic signal processors into antenna-based communications, radar, navigation, and electronic warfare systems. A key photonic integrated circuit module that enables many of the tunable microwave filtering and true-time-delay (TTD) signal processing applications is a low insertion loss, variable optical delay line with fast reconfiguration time. In this proposed effort SRICO will integrate the latest advances in electro-optic technology with low-cost, commercially available components from the telecommunications industry to produce a compact, photonic true time delay unit with faster switching, lower power consumption and wider bandwidth than competing systems. This innovative approach offers 50x reduction in voltage, sub-microsecond switching speeds compared to tens or hundreds of microseconds for bulk devices.

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