Photonic Phased Array Antenna

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNG04CA67C
Agency Tracking Number: 024201
Amount: $599,993.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2002
Solitcitation Topic Code: E1.05
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AGILTRON Corporation
13 Henshaw Street, Woburn, MA, 01801-4666
Duns: 004841644
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jing Zhao
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 933-0513
 jingzhao@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Lei Zhang
Title: Business Official
Phone: (781) 933-0513
Email: Lzhang@agiltron.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The present invention provides an ultra-reliable and low loss fiberoptic manifold for lightweight, high-efficiency, photonic phased-array antennas. Our approach is sate-of-the-art in design and closely coupled with proven volume fiber optic component manufacturing techniques, holding a promise of realizing space qualified optical digital delay with performance and cost that have not been achieved before. By using all solid-state inorganic material construction, the proposed optical switching based component technology overcomes the limitation in speed and long-term reliability associated with other approaches. The proposed novel photonic digital time delay can potentially be part of NASA?s next generation large space radar phase-array antennas in which the phase control among antenna elements is beyond electronic means. During the short Phase I, we have successfully demonstrated the full functionality of the proposed approach. The prototype 4 bit photonic delay performed over a temperature range from ?40oC to 75oC with switching speed faster than 100 microsecond, as well as latching and 5V low drive voltage. Moreover, our study indicates that the electro-optic version could offer fast msecond response time and excellent optical performance covering an extremely wide temperature range of ?75?C to 85?C. The Phase I work laid a foundation for further Phase II development.

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