NASA SBIR 2021-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Number:          21-1- S1.10-2628
Subtopic Title:
      Atomic Quantum Sensor and Clocks
Proposal Title:
      Miniature Iodine-Stabilized Oscillator (MISO)

Small Business Concern

Vector Atomic, Inc.
1249 Quarry Lane, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 249-5959                                                                                                                                                                                

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Martin Boyd
3733 Randolph Ave, CA 94602 - 1231
(303) 818-0220                                                                                                                                                                                

Business Official:

Dr. Jamil Abo-Shaeer
1249 Quarry Lane, Suite 100, CA 94566 - 8410
(925) 249-5959                                                                                                                                                                                

Summary Details:

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
Begin: 3
End: 5
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

Vector Atomic will prototype and design a Miniature Iodine-Stabilized Oscillator (MISO). MISO’s simplified optical clock architecture supports aggressive miniaturization, low-cost manufacturing, and high reliability. The primary focus of Phase I is to prototype the MISO optical reference and feed the results into the system design. At the conclusion of Phase I, a detailed CAD model will be completed including mechanical drawings and a bill of materials (BOM).

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

Space missions are critically dependent on precise timing and synchronization. Coherent ranging and imaging systems such as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) and the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar Mission (NISAR) are enabled by highly coherent laser and RF oscillators, respectively. Future NASA mission including deep space navigation, space-based gravitational wave detectors, and multi-static radar imaging will require timing precision beyond the capabilities of current hardware

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

LIDAR and RADAR applications can benefit from the long coherence time of the optical local oscillator and the ultralow phase noise provided by the frequency comb. In GPS-denied environments, a highly stable clock can extend missions by maintaining synchronization between distributed systems.

Duration:     6

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