Ultra-Low Noise Quad Photoreceiver for Space Based Laser Interferometric Gravity Wave Detection

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$600,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX10CA59C
Agency Tracking Number:
084566
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.05
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Discovery Semiconductors, Inc.
119 Silvia Street, Ewing, NJ, 08628-3200
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
824781769
Principal Investigator:
Shubhashish Datta
Principal Investigator
(609) 434-1311
sdatta@chipsat.com
Business Contact:
Abhay Joshi
President & CEO
(609) 609-1311
Abhay@chipsat.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose to design and develop 2x2 quad p-i-n InGaAs Photoreceivers having the following characteristics: (a) Active area diameter 0.75 mm; (b) Wavelength coverage 850 to 1700 nm, with responsivity of 0.7 A/W at 1064 nm; (c) Bandwidth up to 20 MHz for the individual quadrant; (d) Group Delay < 6 degrees/MHz; (e) Photodiode capacitance for individual quadrant of <1.5 pF at a reverse bias of 5V; (f) Cross talk between the neighboring quadrants of -45 to -50 dB; (g) Equivalent excess noise per quadrant <2 pA/sq. rt. Hz in the pass band; and (h) Noise Equivalent Power (NEP) due to excess noise <2.9 pW/sq. rt. Hz in the pass band. Six prototype quad photoreceivers will be delivered during the Phase II contract. These devices will be an enabling technology for the success of the Laser Interferometry Space Antenna (LISA) which proposes to detect gravity waves by using a space based interferometric sensor having a baseline of 5 million kilometers. Detection of gravity waves is crucial to our fundamental understanding of nature, including the origin of the universe and experimental verification of the theory of relativity.

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