Low-Loss Miniature Optical Time Delay Modules

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R360
Agency Tracking Number: 04SB2-0003
Amount: $98,941.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: SB042-033
Solicitation Number: 2004.2
Small Business Information
220 Ballardvale St., Suite D, Wilmington, MA, 01887
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jing Zhao
 (978) 694-1006
Business Contact
 Toni Scaglione
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (978) 694-1006
Email: tscaglione@agiltron.com
Research Institution
Leveraging on our industry leading switchable photonic delay commercial product offerings, Agiltron proposes to develop the next-generation 8-bit delay line that meets the challenging requirements of lower insertion loss and higher switching speed. The next-level performance improvement will be achieved by implementing a new precision glass micro-optic fiber assembly technology in combination with the use of thermal-expanded beam fibers that promise a several fold miniaturization of the device. The present invention provides an inexpensive and low loss fiberoptic module for emerging microwave photonic applications. Our approach is state-of-the-art in design and closely coupled with proven fiber optic component manufacturing techniques, holding the promise of realizing practical optical digital delay with performance and cost that have not been previously achieved. Constructed using all solid-state inorganic electro-optic material, the proposed switch overcomes the limitations in speed and long-term reliability associated with other approaches. A low loss and high-speed fiberoptic 8 bit reconfigurable true time delay device with large dynamic range exceeding microseconds will be demonstrated in Phase I.

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