An Optical Bus for Level 1 Trigger Designs in Particle Physics Detectors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-12ER90367
Agency Tracking Number: 99385
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 31 g
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000577
Small Business Information
1275 West Roosevelt Road, Suite 104, West Chicago, IL, 60185-4815
DUNS: 101351505
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tony Moretti
 (630) 562-9433
Business Contact
 Alan Sugg
Title: Dr.
Phone: (630) 562-9433
Research Institution
Future particle physics experiments at the high energy frontier, such as LHC, HL-LHC, ILC, CLIC or Multi-TeV Muon Collider, will all require silicon detectors capable of reconstructing charged particle trajectories with high accuracy in the presence of significant high occupancy. These experiments will impose stringent demands on the data links to transfer the data from the silicon detector to the data acquisition system, either just for readout purposes or for triggering purposes, or both. The large amounts of data required from silicon detectors in these experiments require large parallel or very high- speed serial data links, which become cumbersome and physically impractical in large detector arrays. To address this requirement, Vega Wave Systems proposes to develop 40Gbps optical links for Level 1 Trigger designs based on silicon optical-bench (SiOB) technology and external modulators. The advantages of using SiOB technology include a dramatic reduction in the number of links required, lower mass, the potential for improved radiation hardness, and built-in redundancy for improved reliability and improved immunity to single event upset (SEU). An additional advantage of the external modulator is that the laser diode is external to the high radiation environment. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The development of this optical link will have potential commercial benefits for high-speed backplane and databus applications in high-speed or massively parallel computing. The market impact could be significant for both data centers and high-speed networks.

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