Novel Broadband Tunable Microwave Components

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,916.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-1901
Award Id:
73185
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-224-2963
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
220 Ballardvale St., Suite D, Wilmington, MA, 01887
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
JackSalerno
VP of Technology
(978) 694-1006
jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
MaryDavoli
Contract Administrator
(978) 694-1006
maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institute:
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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