Wideband photonics-based beamformer with multiple beams

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,911.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-09-C-7141
Agency Tracking Number:
B083-027-0423
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORP.
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
Geoffrey Burnham
Photonic Technologist
(781) 935-1200
GBurnham@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lamenzo
Administrative Assistant
(781) 935-1200
llamenzo@agiltron.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The multi-beam beamformer can benefit MDA's radar sensor and communication. In this program, Agiltron proposes a photonics-based, multi-beam, low-loss beamformer. Agiltron's variable fiber optic time delay lines will provide true time delay for the beamformer to form, steer, point and track the RF beams for ground-base, airborne or other RF systems. The proposed beamformer, leveraging on the recent development of the photonic devices and components, obtains lots of advantages beyond the current technologies on broad frequency range; multi beams; reconfigurable, low RF insertion loss, high data rate; random steering; wide coverage and anti-jammers as well as low SWaP. In Phase I, we will build a model to simulate the overall beamformer, which includes the DFB laser, dispersion TTD, VOA, PD and other components. A two-beam 4-antenna testing module will be developed in Phase I for the evaluation of the technical approach. The evaluation and simulation in Phase I will provide results that will show how this powerful new module can widely benefit MDA and other DoD agents in radar and communications systems.

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