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Frequency Agile Millimeter Wave (MMW) Signal Generator

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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Phase Sensitive Innovations
51 E. Main Street Suite 201 Newark, DE 19711-4676
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Frequency Agile Millimeter Wave (MMW) Signal Generator
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-13-P-1101
Award Amount: $79,690.00


PSI will leverage our extensive experience and unique capabilities in MMW photonics to design a compact, lightweight, frequency-agile MMW source combining wide, continuous, rapid tunability with superb phase noise and moderate output power. Such a source will have extensive commercial applications in next-generation wireless communications, as well as military applications including reconfigurable and covert communications and electronic warfare. Our photonic system multiplies and upconverts a low-noise, low-frequency reference signal onto an optical carrier (laser) using ultra-broadband electro-optic (EO) modulation. Modulation sidebands injection lock a second laser to a frequency offset from the first by a selectable multiple of the reference. EO modulation is both coherent and ultra-broadband, rendering the lasers mutually coherent, while oscillating at a widely tunable frequency separation. The locked lasers combine on a high-speed photodiode (PD), generating a beat tone at their frequency difference, eliminating optical phase noise. Our concept has been validated in benchtop experiments (Nature Photonics paper); in this effort we will design and specify requirements for an integrated module, based on a silicon-photonic circuit comprising laser cavities, waveguides, couplers, and filters; with hybrid III-V gain integration, packaged with a compact EO modulator, a surface-mounted photodetector, and voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) to provide the reference.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Martin
(302) 456-9003

Business Contact:

Eric Kelmelis
(302) 456-9003
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Phase Sensitive Innovations
51 East Main Street Suite 201 Newark, DE -

EIN/Tax ID: 208467778
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No