Very Wide Bandwidth Photonic Adaptive Digital Beamformer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-07-C-0112
Agency Tracking Number: B063-033-0837
Amount: $99,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA06-033
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Geoffrey Burnham
 Director of Govt.Business
 (781) 935-1200
 GBurnham@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Mary Davoli
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
An innovative concept for a scalable Adaptive Digital Beamformer that can be applied to the full range of MDA radars is proposed. The concept is photonics based and will support transmit/receive applications over the .1 to 20 ghz band. The design provides a digitally controlled True Time Delay Beamformer effectively adaptive to a phased array in any portion of the spectral coverage. Fine pointing resolution design is consistent with the implementation approach. A Phase 1 Approach to demonstrate the key beamformer characteristics follwed by a Phase 2 Program that will miniaturize the design and test a multi element implementation. Agiltron is working closely with BAE Systems on this this unconventional approach leveraging Agiltron’s recent breakthrough in manufacturing high performance fiber delay lines and variable optical attenuators. The proposed approach overcomes the deficiencies associated with electronic beam forming components, offering frequency independent performance of controlling phase and amplitude in a small, lightweight package with minimal power consumption. Our approach provides unprecedented performance in terms of wide dynamic range, extremely low microwave signal loss, low noise and fast dynamic reconfigurability. The preferred solution set will be determined after developing optimization algorithms for digital receiver/exciter for MDA.

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