NASA STTR 2017 Solicitation
FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY
|PROPOSAL NUMBER:||171 T8.02-9810|
|RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE:||Photonic Integrated Circuits|
|PROPOSAL TITLE:||High Performance 3D Photonic Integration for Space Applications|
|SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC):||RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):|
|NAME:||Freedom Photonics, LLC||NAME:||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|STREET:||41 Aero Camino||STREET:||342 Lagoon Road, Mail Code 2055|
|STATE/ZIP:||CA 93117 - 3104||STATE/ZIP:||CA 93106 - 2055|
|PHONE:||(805) 967-4900||PHONE:||(805) 893-5197|
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Leif A Johansson
41 Aero Camino
Goleta, CA 93117 - 3104
(805) 967-4900 Extension :7002
CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Milan Mashanovitch
41 Aero Camino
Goleta, CA 93117 - 3104
(805) 967-4900 Extension :7003
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
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)
In this work, Freedom Photonics will team with University of California, Santa Barbara to develop a hybrid integration platform that integrates yielded, best-of-breed active optical components with low-cost, high functionality Silicon Photonics components in a manner that is compatible with foundry fabrication. This will be performed in a highly manufacturable manner, using passively aligned pick-and-place technology to place the semiconductor components on the interposer substrate to form a system in package-type of integration platform for space photonic applications. The approach is based on a novel 3D hybrid integration approach developed at UCSB that is scalable, low cost, reliable, and that demonstrates superior thermal performance.
POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Chip-scale integrated miniaturized, yet high performance photonic systems can significantly impact a wide range of applications including and in addition to NASA space communication and control needs. These applications include other terrestrial communications applications, including both free-space and fiber optic links, a range of sensing applications and potential optical waveform generating sources. Freedom Photonics will work with NASA and communications equipment manufacturers in the development and commercialization of these chip-scale photonic integration technologies to a variety of NASA applications and markets.
POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
1. Optical fiber sensor systems which with significantly lower cost has the potential to become pervasive in structural monitoring of buildings, vehicles and other structures.
2. Optical links such as free-space optical or hybrid fiber-wireless systems where implementation to date have been limited due to the performance and cost of components compared to conventional transmission links and digital technologies.
3. Medical markets, a potentially very large volume market where a range of non-invasive optical sensing and imaging technologies are emerging including optical coherence tomography.
4. Chipscale integrated systems and subsystems for large data centers and supercomputer data transfer interconnects. Low-cost, ruggedized integrated photonics is a requirement for meeting these demands through efficient advanced photonic integrated circuit technology, in particular with regard to the large volume of components needed in a large datacenter or supercomputer.
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.)
Microfabrication (and smaller; see also Electronics; Mechanical Systems; Photonics)