Lossless Tunable Filter for Space-Based Photonic Routers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7504
Agency Tracking Number: B103-030-0271
Amount: $99,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: MDA10-030
Solitcitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA, -
Duns: 145925520
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Tim Strand
 Principal Scientist
 (805) 642-4645
 tstrand@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact
 John Baumann
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Email: baumann@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Aerius Photonics proposes to develop lossless tunable wavelength filters operating around 1550 nm based on electrically-injected MEMS-Tunable Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (MT-VCSOAs). The unique properties of these devices simultaneously provide tunable wavelength filtering and optical gain, making MT-VCSOAs ideal components for filtering and forwarding optical signals in wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) networks. Aerius will leverage lossless tunable filters based on MT-VCSOAs to construct photonic routers suitable for space-based applications. The use of MT-VCSOAs as lossless tunable filters will allow signals to be routed without wavelength conversion and for the system to support both analog and digital signals. Implementation of electrically-injected devices ensures small size, weight, and power consumption. In Phase I, the tunable filters will be designed, fabricated, characterized, and evaluated for radiation tolerance. Aerius will also work to initiate development of the network topology and WDM photonic router architecture. Upon completion of Phase II, Aerius will deliver a prototype WDM photonic router utilizing MT-VCSOAs as the enabling technology.

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