Low-Power Wideband Digital Spectrometer for Planetary Science

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CE01P
Agency Tracking Number: 094960
Amount: $99,881.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
HYPRES, Inc.
175 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY, 10523-1109
DUNS: 103734869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Kaplan
 Principal Investigator
 (914) 592-1190
 kaplan@hypres.com
Business Contact
 Oleg Mukhanov
Title: General Manager
Phone: (914) 592-1190
Email: mukhanov@hypres.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a wideband digital spectrometer to support space-born measurements of planetary atmospheric composition. The spectrometer is based on a superconducting digitizer and a digital autocorrelator. The digitizer will be able to handle the entire 6 -18 GHz band by operating above the Nyquist frequency (target: 30 GSamples/s). The superconducting circuits will be based on Niobium-based Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) technology. They will be implemented without substantially impacting the cryogenic sensor package. The data from the superconducting digitizer will be processed by a 128-lag autocorrelator. During the Phase I performance period, we will determine whether the autocorrelator is best implemented using the RSFQ autocorrelator circuits we developed for the National Science Foundation, or the polyphase implementation we recently produced using fast FPGAs. The criteria for downselecting the best design will be the projected Signal-to-Noise ratios and the relative added terms to the system noise temperature. Our choice of Niobium superconductor technology will enable one single technology to implement the TerraHertz mixer, the digitizer, and the fast manipulation of digital data on a low-power low-temperature platform.

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