SEED Based Optical Links for Focal Plane Readout

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$599,964.00
Award Year:
1996
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
28680
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Amain Electronics Co.
P.o. Box 5028, West Hills, CA, 91307
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Christopher M. Parry
(818) 331-1058
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A free space optical data link is proposed based upon the use of symmetric self electro-optic effect device, the S-SEED. This device, a multiple quantum well based p-i-n diode pair, is a photonic switch which can be utilized as an electrically modulated reflector or inversely as an optically modulated electronic element. It can therefore act both as a transmitter or receiver. The extremely low energy required to switch the logic state of a SEED makes it extremely fast, and ideally suited for use on a cryogenically cooled infrared focal plane. Under this proposed Phase I project Amain will develop a preliminary design for a data link providing a low data rate input to the focal plane for clocks and control logic, and a high data rate output link handling up to a Gbps to receive digital video data. The interface formats will be designed to be compatible with Amain's proprietary on-focal-plane high-speed A-D converter.

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