NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 S1.07-9843
SUBTOPIC TITLE: In Situ Instruments/Technologies for Planetary Science
PROPOSAL TITLE: Monolithic Chip-Integrated Absorption Spectrometer from 3-5 microns

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Omega Optics, Inc.
8500 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Building 4, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78757 - 7591
(512) 996-8833

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Swapnajit Chakravarty
swapnajit.chakravarty@omegaoptics.com
8500 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Building 4, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78757 - 6856
(734) 255-4519

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ms Gloria Chen
gloria.chen@omegaoptics.com
8500 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Building 4, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78757 - 6856
(512) 996-8833 Extension :302

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
In Situ Instruments/Technologies for Planetary Science is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
A monolithically integrated indium phosphide (InP) to silicon-on-sapphire (SoS) platform is being proposed for a monolithic portable or handheld spectrometer between 3-5microns. SoS provides the necessary refractive index contrast to fabricate slotted photonic crystal waveguide (PCW) structures for lab-on-chip sensing. Monolithic integration of quantum cascade laser (QCL) and quantum cascade detector (QCD) has been previously demonstrated by us at 9.5 micron wavelength on a solely InP platform in which PCWs cannot be fabricated without significant fabrication complexities. At 3.4 micron wavelength, we have also demonstrated 1ppm gas sensing by slow light and intensity enhancements of slotted PCWs in SoS. The Phase 1 proposal takes the crucial step of wafer bonding to integrate the best capabilities of the individual platforms and integrate into a full-fledged monolithic absorption spectrometer. The work plan is thus to demonstrate the technical objectives which are: 1) Design and fabricate slotted PCWs at 4.55 micron 2) Demonstrate feasibility for sub 10ppb detection sensitivity in our slotted PCW at 4.55 micron in SoS for carbon monoxide 3) Demonstrate monolithic integration of quantum cascade laser, quantum cascade detector and silicon-on-sapphire waveguide at 4.55 micron and 4) Design simultaneous QCL-QCD structures for operation around the selected wavelengths at 3.3 micron (CH4), 4.2 micron (CO2) and 4.55 micron (CO) for fabrication in Phase 2.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
1) Identification of gases in near and distant planets and moons to determine potential of life and mineral resources unavailable on earth
2) light-weight platform ideal for mounting on air-borne platforms such as aircrafts, ballonsondes etc. for environmental monitoring and fire detection
3) Platform fully scalable to other mid-infrared wavelengths.
4) Monolithic integration achieves size, weight, power advantage over any other spectroscopy instrument.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
1) light-weight platform ideal for air-borne platforms such as aircrafts, ballonsondes etc. for environmental monitoring and fire detection.
2) scalable to any mid-infrared wavelength for gases such as NH3, N2, SO2, CO, CO2, CH4 etc, with less than 10ppb sensitivity.
3) in-situ process and quality control.
4) hazardous /toxic gas detection for military.

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.)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Materials & Structures (including Optoelectronics)
Microfabrication (and smaller; see also Electronics; Mechanical Systems; Photonics)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)

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