NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Lidar System Components for Sapceborne and Airborne Platforms
PROPOSAL TITLE:Radiation-Hardened Silicon Integrated Low-Loss Nano-Photonic Switches for Array LIDARs

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Structured Materials Industries, Inc.
201 Circle Drive North, Suite 102/103
Piscataway, NJ 08854-3723
(732) 302-9274

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jie   Yao
201 Circle Drive North, Suite 102/103
Piscataway, NJ  08854-3723
(732) 302-9274

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
LIDAR is an innovative technology for the next round of manned exploration of space. The LIDAR instrument transmits light out to a target. The transmitted light interacts with and is changed by the target. Some of this light is scattered back to the instrument where it is analyzed. The change in the properties of the light enables some property of the target to be determined.
SMI proposes to develop a 1 x 10 electrically switched silicon nano-optic switch/multiplexer for use with high power lasers in the fiber-based fixed-array laser transmitter for use in NASA planetary explorations. With switch operation proven at greater than 1 GHz switching speed and nearly lossless single-mode waveguides, our device can readily handle high optical power with minimal loss. This switch will allow array LIDAR systems to efficiently share the same laser source. The component is designed in such a way so as to be near seamlessly integrable into present designs so as to dramatically enhance present LIDAR efficiency. The very same fiber optic switch components are radiation-hard ? a feature uniquely suitable for outer space explorations. Further, utilizing our radiation hardened by design techniques developed to deliver a radiation hardened SRAM, we will ensure compatibility with radiation hardend standards.
Phase I will see design validation, and Phase II will see the proof-of-concept prototype devices that are delivered to NASA along with radiation testing certification. In Phase III, SMI will commercialize the results of SBIR funded research, by marketing the proposed silicon nano-optic switch/multiplexer to military, space and commercial sectors. In particular, by working with LIDAR system manufacturers serving NASA in Phase II, we will assure seemless acceptance and integration of the SMI switch into one or more LIDAR systems; further, we will also work with NASA system designers to assure our device meets future space system needs as well.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Energy-efficient, radiation-hardened, small-size and light-weight array LIDAR systems

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
(1) laser ranging for aviation
(2) fiber-optic communications
(3) environmental monitoring -- ozone monitoring and protection
(4) wind and atmospheric monitoring, weather forecasts.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Airport Infrastructure and Safety
Attitude Determination and Control
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Radiation-Hard/Resistant Electronics
Semi-Conductors/Solid State Device Materials
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors
Telemetry, Tracking and Control
Ultra-High Density/Low Power

Form Printed on 09-08-06 18:19