Fast Switching Array for WDM-Photonic Time Delay

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,942.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-09-C-7083
Agency Tracking Number:
B08B-012-0076
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA08-T012
Solicitation Number:
2008.B
Small Business Information
Agiltron Corporation
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
Guanghai Jin
Chief Scientist
(781) 935-1200
gjin@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lamenzo
Contracts administrative Assistant
(781) 935-1200
llamenzo@agiltron.com
Research Institution:
Tufts University
Mark Cronin-Golomb
4 Colby Street
Medford, MA, 2155
(617) 627-4355
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
An innovative concept of a fast switching array for high bit-resolution photonic time delay that can be scalable to the ESA systems of MDA/Navy radars is proposed. The design is based on Electro-Optic (EO) effect incorporated with super miniature fiber collimation array, which is suitable to integrate in the current developing fiber based photonic WDM-true time delay technologies. The new EO switching platform targets the switching speed faster than 1 micro-second with low insertion loss and low power consumption. The Phase I approach will demonstrate a fast switching unit on bench, and verify the advance of key performances. The phase II development will prototype this switching array, and demonstrate the feasibility to integrate with fiber WDM-true time delay arrays for a multi channel module implementation. The team of Agiltron and University of Tufts will work on this unconventional approach by leveraging our recent breakthroughs in manufacturing high performance fiber delay lines, EO switch and VOA, high power fiber optic and WDM components. Our approach provides unprecedented performance in fast speed, low power consumption, small size and low fabrication cost.

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