High Power Electro-Optic Modulator for Space-Based Applications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,946.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNG07CA08C
Award Id:
77609
Agency Tracking Number:
054107
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2310 University Way, Building #1, Bozeman, MT, 59715
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
062674630
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Palassis
Principal Investigator
(406) 522-0388
palassis@advr-inc.com
Business Contact:
Philip Battle
Vice President of Research
(406) 522-0388
battle@advr-inc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
ADVR, Inc. proposes the development of a fiber coupled, high power, electro-optically controlled, space qualified, phase modulator for the NASA Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA). The proposed device will be capable of phase modulating a 1 W or greater, continuous wave optical signal at multi-gigahertz rates at 1064 nm. The key innovation is the use of a waveguide embedded in a non-linear optical material suitable for high optical power handling. The phase modulators used for LISA must be rugged and must perform optimally in a radiation environment over the mission lifetime. To achieve this goal, the proposed phase modulator development will include a fiber-in-fiber-out design that will readily lend itself to future space qualification for mechanical stability of the package and radiation damage resistance of the non-linear optical material.

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