NASA STTR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 T8.02-9720
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Photonic Integrated Circuits
PROPOSAL TITLE: Integrated Optical Transmitter for Space Based Applications

NAME: Freedom Photonics, LLC NAME: University of California, Santa Barbara
STREET: 41 Aero Camino STREET: Electrical & Computer Engineering
CITY: Santa Barbara CITY: Santa Barbara
STATE/ZIP: CA  93117 - 3104 STATE/ZIP: CA  93106 - 9560
PHONE: (805) 967-4900 PHONE: (805) 893-5364

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Leif Johansson
41 Aero Camino
Santa Barbara, CA 93117 - 3104
(805) 967-4900

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Milan Mashanovitch
41 Aero Camino
Santa Barbara, CA 93117 - 3104
(805) 967-4900

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Photonic Integrated Circuits is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The objective of this program is to develop, demonstrate and implement an integrated optical transmitter for RZ-DPSK modulation for integration into modems for the international space station (ISS). Conventional optical transmitters are based on commercially available discrete components. These have several fiber interconnects which leads to increased optical loss, reduced reliability in a space environment and increased footprint in a an otherwise space constrained optical modem. Photonic integrated circuit technology promises to integrate these functions on a single monolithic chip implemented in rad hard Indium Phosphide technology. This will lead to a miniaturized compact implementation, compatible with wafer-scale manufacturing.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary focus of this program is to enable the development of a chip-scale integrated Indium Phosphide based rad hard RZ-DPSK transmitter for NASA for use in compact optical modems for the international space station. The program goal is the integration of tunable laser, optical modulators, gating and booster SOA into a single monolithic chip and the surrounding compact package to generate a small footprint transmitter for NASA use in the ISS, and potentially further into space subsystems, pico satellites, and space vehicles.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Chip-scale integrated miniaturized, yet high performance tunable optical transmitters can significantly impact a wide range of applications in addition to NASA's ISS space communication and control needs. These applications include other space and terrestrial communications applications, including both free-space and fiber optic links, a range of sensing applications and potential optical waveform generating sources. Given this potential demand, it is expected that the annual market for chip-scale integrated transmitters could grow to many tens of millions of dollars.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Lasers (Communication)
Materials & Structures (including Optoelectronics)

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