High Power Electro-Optic Modulator for Space-Based Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNG07CA08C
Agency Tracking Number: 054107
Amount: $599,946.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: S4.06
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ADVR, Inc.
2310 University Way, Building #1, Bozeman, MT, 59715-6500
DUNS: 062674630
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Palassis
 Principal Investigator
 (406) 522-0388
 palassis@advr-inc.com
Business Contact
 Philip Battle
Title: Vice President of Research
Phone: (406) 522-0388
Email: battle@advr-inc.com
Research Institution
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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