Novel Broadband Tunable Microwave Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-1901
Agency Tracking Number: F051-224-2963
Amount: $99,916.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-224
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORP.
220 Ballardvale St., Suite D, Wilmington, MA, 01887
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jack Salerno
 VP of Technology
 (978) 694-1006
 jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Mary Davoli
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (978) 694-1006
Email: maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Leveraging Agiltron's recent breakthrough in manufacturing low cost fiber optic digital delay lines and variable optical attenuators as well as the drastic improvement in cost and performance of commercial optical transceivers, we propose to develop a practical fiber optic switchable microwave-bandpass filter for military radar and remote sensing applications. The proposed approach overcomes the deficiencies associated with electronic high frequency components, offering frequency independence performance with wide tunable range. Our approach provides sufficiently long time delays for the large frequency tuning range, which are beyond electronic means and previous high dispersion fiber approaches. The use of ultra-low loss optical fiber further reduces cost, weight and size, while mitigating electromagnetic interference, accommodating wide signal bandwidths. The practicality of such an optically-fed switchable microwave filtering module will be demonstrated in this program. A 4-bit testing module working at high frequency up to 18GHz is targeted in Phase I for the evaluation of the technical approach, and an 8-bit and high Q factor (> 100) tunable filtering module will be demonstrated in Phase II. Success in this program will significantly reduce mission cost and increase performance and utility of future radar systems.

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