Next Generation High Sensitivity, Broad Band Electrical Field Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-06-C-0041
Agency Tracking Number: N061-028-1250
Amount: $149,900.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-028
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORPORATION
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jing Zhao
 CEO
 (781) 935-1200
 jzhao@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Mary Davoli
Title: Contracr Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Leveraging Agiltron industrial leading development and production of high speed fiber optical modulators and switches, we propose to realize a new class of high performance electro-optic field sensor. The approach is closely coupled with recent progress in electro-optic material and device researches to push the sensor performance well beyond current state-of-the-art. The new design has multiple innovations that overcome the deficiencies associated with conventional approaches in limited sensitivity and bandwidth without making trade-offs. Its non-cosine response and built-in phase matching will substantially increase sensitivity and bandwidth performance. The proposed passive non-intrusive fiberoptic field sensor is also self bias without the need for active DC bias. The dual channel sensor can also effectively compensate environmental fluctuations induced drift by signal process. The design further incorporates materials with large electro-optic effect as well as efficient antenna configuration to maximize sensor performance. Prototype sensors will be produced in Phase I to demonstrate the feasibility. BENEFITS: The sensor has direct application for HPM testing applications. The sensor will also find applications in EMI and EMC safety measurements to protect human, computer, aircraft avionics, as well as many medical devices.

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