Novel, Very Wide-Bandwidth Characterization Technique

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,999.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00024-13-P-4038
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-059-0228
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-059
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
EOSPACE Inc
8711 148th Ave NE, Redmond, WA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
043692487
Principal Investigator:
Matthew Hall
Principal Investigator
(425) 869-8673
matthew.hall@eospace.com
Business Contact:
Chung-Ping Chien
VP, Business Operations
(425) 869-8673
cpchien@eospace.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
EOSPACE proposes developing a practical, very-wide-bandwidth electrical characterization technique based on advanced photonic signal processing. The characterization method only requires a high-speed mm-wave source and uses exclusively low-speed optical detection, eliminating the need for high-speed photodiodes. This effort would build on the recent breakthroughs in ultra-wide-bandwidth electro-optic modulator characterization methods at EOSPACE. The proposed technique is a fast, swept-frequency approach and is robust against virtually all common weaknesses in photonic measurement systems, such as optical power fluctuations and spectral changes in the optical source and electrical small-signal limit restrictions. The optical paths in the measurement system are entirely in optical waveguides, optical-bias and alignment-free, and the system has no mechanical moving parts. As the method does not rely on high-speed photodetection, it can be extended beyond 110 GHz to 1THzmerely by changing the electrical signal generator. Additionally, unlike many photonic methods, our characterization method can operate down to a few hundred kHz.

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