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Very Wide Bandwidth Photonic Adaptive Digital Beamformer

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Agiltron Corporation
15 Presidential Way Woburn, MA 01801-1040
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Very Wide Bandwidth Photonic Adaptive Digital Beamformer
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-07-C-0112
Award Amount: $99,989.00


An innovative concept for a scalable Adaptive Digital Beamformer that can be applied to the full range of MDA radars is proposed. The concept is photonics based and will support transmit/receive applications over the .1 to 20 ghz band. The design provides a digitally controlled True Time Delay Beamformer effectively adaptive to a phased array in any portion of the spectral coverage. Fine pointing resolution design is consistent with the implementation approach. A Phase 1 Approach to demonstrate the key beamformer characteristics follwed by a Phase 2 Program that will miniaturize the design and test a multi element implementation. Agiltron is working closely with BAE Systems on this this unconventional approach leveraging Agiltron's recent breakthrough in manufacturing high performance fiber delay lines and variable optical attenuators. The proposed approach overcomes the deficiencies associated with electronic beam forming components, offering frequency independent performance of controlling phase and amplitude in a small, lightweight package with minimal power consumption. Our approach provides unprecedented performance in terms of wide dynamic range, extremely low microwave signal loss, low noise and fast dynamic reconfigurability. The preferred solution set will be determined after developing optimization algorithms for digital receiver/exciter for MDA.

Principal Investigator:

Geoffrey Burnham
Director of Govt.Business

Business Contact:

Mary A. Davoli
Contract Administrator
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15 Cabot Road Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043539587
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No