Electromagnetic-Attack-Resistant EO Polymer/Sol-gel Modulator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-13-P-1110
Agency Tracking Number: N131-066-0018
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N131-066
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
1430 N. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ, -
DUNS: 601990778
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Arkady Bablumyan
 Optical Engineer
 (760) 722-0572
Business Contact
 James Fountain
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (520) 250-4405
Email: fountain@tipdllc.com
Research Institution
RF photonic links provide an attractive approach to minimizing the impact of an electromagnetic attack on defense and commercial communications infrastructure. A key component in an RF photonic link is an electro-optic (EO) modulator, and current commercially available EO modulators are not able to withstand the 10kW peak power pulses that can results from an electromagnetic attack, such as an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). In the proposed program, TIPD, LLC will develop design concepts and materials candidates for a novel EMP-hard modulator based on its proven EO polymer/sol-gel modulator platform, which has achieved low drive voltages (~ few volts), low insertion loss (~ 5dB or less) and high speed operation suitable for RF photonics links. The EMP-hard properties of the modulator will derive from the unique, dielectric breakdown suppression properties of TIPD"s sol-gel materials, which have been used in high dielectric breakdown strength applications like claddings for EO polymer modulators and high energy storage density capacitors. The Phase I program will comprise modulator design, materials selection, electrical/thermal modeling, and high frequency/high voltage materials characterization, while the Phase I Option will include prototype phase modulator development and roadmapping the testing needs of Phase II.

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