Low Loss Optic Fiber Sparse Tapped Delay Module

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-0263
Agency Tracking Number: 05ST1-0063
Amount: $98,967.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: ST051-006
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORP.
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jack Salerno
 VP of Technology
 (781) 935-1200
 jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Mary Davoli
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institution
 TUFTS UNIV.
 Theodore M Liszczak
 4 Colby Street
Medford, MA, 02155
 (617) 627-3417
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Leveraging Agiltron's recent breakthrough in low loss/low cost solid-sate fiberoptic digital delay lines and variable splitter, we propose to develop a new type of affordable reconfigurable sparse delay line module. The proposed approach overcomes the deficiencies in limited delay time and excessive loss associated with electronic sparse delay line modules and provides sufficiently long delays and wide operation bandwidth, which are beyond electronic means. Our design is highly reconfigurable as well as scalable, providing the required time resolution/precision and delay range that meet a wide range of military and commercial application specifications. This module can precisely operate at frequency and the tapped weight whose response shape is programmable, forming a true matched microwave filter. The proposed sparse tapped delay lines module will have a wide tunable center frequency with high bandwidth up to 40GHz and high dynamic range. The associated theoretical model has been well established and the feasibility of the proposed optically-fed tapped sparse delay line module has been successfully demonstrated by the Agiltron and Tufts University team. This Phase I program addresses high-performance specifications of low loss, high reconfiguration speed, large variable tap weight dynamic range, and high scalability, as well as associated cost-effective fabrication issues.

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