Photonic WDM Digital Beamformer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0326
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-007-0229
Amount: $69,910.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: N08-T007
Solitcitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORP.
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Duns: 004841644
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Guanghai Jin
 Chief Scientist
 (781) 935-1200
 gjin@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Lisa Lamenzo
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: LLamenzo@agiltron.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF NORTH TEXAS
 Kristi Lemmon
 P.O. Box 305250
Denton, TX, 76203
 (940) 565-3940
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
An innovative concept for a scalable Digital Beamformer that can be applied to the full range of Navy radars/RF communication is proposed. The concept is photonics based and will support transmit/receive applications over the 0.1 to 40 GHz, and V bands. The design provides a digitally controlled True Time Delay based Beamformer effectively adaptive to a phased array in any portion of the spectral coverage. The Phase I approach will develop the dual channel photonic WDM true time delay and demonstrate the key characteristics followed by a Phase II Program that will miniaturize the design and test a multi channel implementation. The team of Agiltron and University of Northern Texas is working closely with BAE Systems on this unconventional approach leveraging our recent breakthroughs in manufacturing high performance fiber delay lines and polymer waveguide technologies. The proposed approach overcomes the deficiencies associated with electronic beam forming components, offering frequency independent performance by controlling the phase and amplitude in a small, lightweight package with minimal power consumption. Our approach provides unprecedented performance in terms of wide dynamic range, low noise and fast dynamic reconfigurability.

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