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Company Information:

Name: S2 Corporation
Address: 2310 University Way
Building 4-1
Bozeman, MT 59715-
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
URL: N/A
Phone: (406) 922-0334

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $911,903.00 9
SBIR Phase II $4,481,430.00 6
STTR Phase I $249,910.00 2
STTR Phase II $999,229.00 1

Award List:

Packaging and signal transfer hardware for cryogenically cooled RF receivers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Luke Mauritsen, Lead Mechanical Engineering
Award Amount: $69,978.00
Abstract:
While cryogenics is an enabling component for many new technologies, the integration of components into cryocoolers is fraught with challenges that hinder system deployment and technology advancement. We propose an cryogenic packaging approach based on experience and novel concepts to provide… More

Shipboard Wideband Collection Systems Using an S2-material based Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Randy Reibel, Director of Research
Award Amount: $67,449.00
Abstract:
We propose to design a prototype device to achieve wideband spectral monitoring and direction finding device for 2-4 GHz and 8-12 GHz coverage, simultaneously, based on spectrally selective optical sensor materials. This technology allows for the direct and continuous collection of spectral… More

Innovative Photonic Time Delay Units for Radar Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Montana State University
Principal Investigator: Kristian Merkel, President / CEO
Award Amount: $99,910.00
RI Contact: Wm. R. Babbitt
Abstract:
We aim to design and demonstrate an innovative photonic true time delay solution which alleviates the fundamental problem of cascaded optical switches, and additionally offers several significant benefits. The device uses wideband spatial-spectral (S2) holographic optical memory materials to store… More

Shipboard Wideband Collection Systems Using an S2-material based Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kristian Merkel, President & CEO
Award Amount: $599,760.00
Abstract:
The objectives of the base project are three-fold: 1) An existing prototype hardware spectrum analyzer receiver system will be enhanced, tested in house, and ruggedized to enable it to be field tested at a federal test site (in the option). Work will focus on dynamic range improvements, continuous… More

Photonics-enabled Radio-Frequency Arbitrary Waveform Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Peter Sellin, PI / Sr. Photonics Engineer
Award Amount: $66,424.00
Abstract:
We propose to analyze and design prototype hardware, and demonstrate basic capabilities in a Phase I effort, based on coherent accumulation and interference of spectrally shaped waveforms to achieve wideband RF arbitrary waveform generation. The combined specifications include bandwidths of 10-40… More

High-Resolution Wide-Bandwidth Optical Arbitrary Waveform Generation Over Extended Time Apertures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Peter Sellin, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $98,673.00
Abstract:
We propose to design a prototype device based on coherent accumulation and interference of spectrally shaped waveforms to achieve wideband optical arbitrary waveform generation with time apertures of 50 us, complete control of phase and amplitude, bandwidths of 100 GHz up to 1 THz, and a spectral… More

Innovative Photonic Time Delay Units for Radar Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Montana State University
Principal Investigator: Kristian D. Merkel, PI
Award Amount: $999,229.00
RI Contact: Zeb Barber
Abstract:
We aim to build and demonstrate an innovative photonic true time delay solution which alleviates the fundamental problem of cascaded optical switches, and additionally offers several significant benefits. The device uses wideband spatial-spectral (S2) holographic optical memory materials to store… More

High-Resolution Wide-Bandwidth Optical Arbitrary Waveform Generation Over Extended Time Apertures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Peter Sellin, Photonics Engineer – (406) 922-0334
Award Amount: $749,931.00
Abstract:
We aim to build a prototype device for optical arbitrary waveform generation and use it for demonstrations of performance. The device is based on coherent accumulation and interference of spectrally shaped waveforms using low bandwidth control electronics (less than 1 GHz) to achieve wideband… More

STTR Phase I: Photonics Enabled Extreme Bandwidth Wireless Communications Spectrum Manager

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Principal Investigator: Kristian D. Merkel
Award Amount: $150,000.00
RI Contact: Dimitrios E. Anagnostou
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project aims to use and adapt a photonics based extreme bandwidth RF and Microwave spectrum analyzer as a real-time spectral manager for wireless communication systems. The approach is enabled by a spatial-spectral holographic based spectrum… More

SBIR Phase I: Photonics Enabled Extreme Bandwidth Wireless Communications Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kristian D. Merkel
Award Amount: $149,844.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will use and adapt a photonic signal processor for extreme bandwidth spread spectrum wireless communications. The intellectual merit of the proposed project focuses on applying prior knowledge and the core photonic analog optical signal… More

Hardware Based Broadband Ultra High-speed Digital Signal Processor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kristian D. Merkel, President / CEO – (406) 922-0334
Award Amount: $149,852.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: S2 Corporation and subcontractor Research Associates of Syracuse aim to develop a broadband hardware based ultra high-speed signal processor for real time digital, broadband RF spectrum signal stream captures at greater than 10 GSPS for a countermeasure applications, and demonstrate… More

Extreme Wideband Spectral Analysis and Direction Finding based on an Spatial Spectral Holographic Signal Processor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kris Merkel, President / CEO – (406) 922-0334
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Navy electronic support (ES) functions require receivers making true wideband RF / microwave measurements on transient & frequency hopping signals over 1-40 GHz and beyond, including spectral mapping (SM) and direction finding (DF) with low latency. Wideband digitizers in RF/Microwave receivers… More

Extreme Wideband Spectral Analysis and Direction Finding based on an Spatial Spectral Holographic Signal Processor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kris Merkel, President / CEO – (406) 922-0334
Award Amount: $1,954,347.00
Abstract:
Navy electronic support (ES) functions require receivers making true wideband RF / microwave measurements on transient & frequency hopping signals over 1-40 GHz and beyond, including spectral mapping (SM) and direction finding (DF) with low latency. Wideband digitizers in RF/Microwave receivers… More

Very Wide Bandwidth Radar/EW Components and Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kris Merkel, President/CEO – (406) 922-0334
Award Amount: $79,831.00
Abstract:
S2 Corporation and subcontractor Montana State University offer their wideband photonic technologies for signal generation and sensing and a workplan to address the needed novel characterization techniques for passive components operating over very wide bandwidth, at frequencies up to 110 GHz. In… More

Hardware Based Broadband Ultra High-speed Digital Signal Processor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kris Merkel, President / CEO – (406) 922-0334
Award Amount: $749,890.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: S2 Corporation and subcontractor Research Associates of Syracuse aim to develop a broadband hardware-based ultra high-speed signal processor for real time digital, broadband RF spectrum over 2-18 GHz with digital signal stream captures and analysis for a countermeasure applications, and… More

SBIR Phase II: Photonics Enabled Extreme Bandwidth Wireless Communications Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kristian D. Merkel
Award Amount: $277,502.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will adapt a photonics based signal processor to propel applications in extreme bandwidth spread-spectrum wireless communications. The signal processor prototype known as the spatial spectral holographic (S2H) extreme bandwidth analyzer… More

SBIR Phase I: High-Bandwidth Photonic Arbitrary Waveform Generation using Low-Bandwidth Spectral Shaping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Peter B. Sellin
Award Amount: $149,968.00
Abstract:
NSF SBIR Phase I Proposal 1249014 - Request for Abstract This Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I project advances arbitrary waveform generation (AWG) capabilities for high bandwidth operation essential in technologies such as telecommunications, test and measurement, remote… More

Application of Phase Noise Discrimination to Electronic Warfare (EW)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kris Merkel, PI, Pres/CEO – (406) 922-0334
Award Amount: $79,884.00
Abstract:
We proposed to analyze and demonstrate phase noise detection of emitters across a wide bandwidth>20 GHz with a novel RF sensor, and to identify and develop a set of approaches to make passive measurements of the signatures and phase noise of non-cooperative antenna platform systems, utilizing the… More