Photonic Phased Array Antenna

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,987.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS5-03056
Agency Tracking Number:
024201
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AGILTRON Corporation
13 Henshaw Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Jing Zhao
(781) 933-0513
jingzhao@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Lei Zhang
Business Official
(781) 933-0513
lzhang@agiltron.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The present invention provides an inexpensive and low loss fiberoptic manifold for lightweight, high-efficiency, electronically steerable, 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 practical optical digital delay with performance and cost that have not been achieved before. By using all solid-state inorganic magneto-optic material construction, the proposed switch overcomes the limitation in speed and long-term reliability associated with other approaches. The proposed compact, light-weight, ultra reliable, and low power consumption photonic digital beamforming phase array antenna can potentially be part of spaceship?s skin eliminating the need for complex out-space antenna deployment mechanisms. The advanced technology also potentially addresses the development of next generation critical radar components for optically fed transmit/receive, signal up/down conversion, RF and DC signal distribution, and phase shifting. A high-speed and fault tolerance fiberoptic 4 bit reconfigurable true time delay device will be demonstrated in Phase I.

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