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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.99K | Year: 2011

Currently, Readout Integrated Circuits (ROIC) are not available that can support hybrid active imaging receivers that have dual mode direct detection and coherent detection capability. In addition, radiation hardness / survivability of electronic components is of paramount importance for use in the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) programs. Components must function reliably when exposed to radiation from space and nuclear events. The goal of this effort is an ROIC that addresses both requirements at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The ROIC will be designed with increased levels of resistance to damage induced by nuclear environment radiation with minimal impact to performance. This will be accomplished by using Radiation-Hardened-By-Process (RHBP) and Radiation-Hardened-By-Design (RHBD) techniques. This effort will also develop the novel ROIC circuitry specifically aimed at hybrid-mode active imaging detection. This will be accomplished through the development of a Software Defined ROIC (SDR) that can be digitally programmed in support of multiple modes of operation. In Phase I, performance requirements for the ROIC will be defined. The ROIC unit cell circuit performance will be simulated, and the floor plan of the ROIC will be established.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.99K | Year: 2011

For laser tracking applications, a sensor with a high frame rate and sensitivity to infrared wavelengths is required. Aerius proposes to make a 256x256 sensor with a frame rate of 10 kHz. The sensor will include a detector array made from InGaAs so that it is sensitive to wavelengths from 800 nm 1700 nm. The full receiver (sensor and interface electronics) will provide location and amplitude data on the laser beam of interest. Aerius"proposed sensor is also scalable to 512x512 in future versions but still using the same core developed for the 256x256. This 512x512 sensor would also have a frame rate of 10 kHz, but it would only output the data of interest rather than the whole array. The receiver developed during Phase II will provide location data to the control system in order to control the steering mirrors. In Phase I, Aerius will demonstrate high frame rates on a 128x128 sensor.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.99K | Year: 2011

Aerius Photonics is proposing to develop Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) arrays that are capable of high-efficiency (>55%) at high temperature operation conditions (60 C). At the end of Phase II, a 12 kW solid-state pump module will be delivered. The high temperature efficiency performance of VCSELs is critical in realizing fieldable diode laser pump arrays for high energy lasers and directed energy systems relevant to the MDA. The high temperature efficiency will result in considerable size, weight, power consumption, and cost reductions over what has been demonstrated to date. These modules will initially operate at 808 nm, optimized for Nd:YAG, but the overall technology approach will be applicable to wavelengths from 780 through 2.2 um. Additionally, the VCSEL arrays will demonstrate environmental ruggedness and reliability in harsh conditions, such as in dust, condensation, shock and vibration, high optical feedback, and radiation.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.98K | Year: 2011

Aerius Photonics proposes to develop a design for a prototype personnel tag device which incorporates multiple technologies into a compact, portable system suitable for the warfighter. The Aerius design will incorporate both RF and IR transmission technologies such that the tags can be turned on remotely from airborne platforms. Return signals will be RF and/or IR, coded to military standards. In addition, the design will allow the warfighter to reprogram the tag in the field. In order to create a multiuse tag device, Aerius Photonics will design a device with RF technology, NIR, MWIR, and LWIR laser sources, and high fidelity optical receivers based on vertical cavity semiconductor optical amplifiers (VCSOAs). The culmination of the Phase I effort will be a final design for a prototype system that is ready for development and field testing in Phase II. BENEFIT: With the successful completion of this project, Aerius will have developed the technology to build high high fidelity multiuse personnel tags. These tag devices will be low cost and have more functionality than current single technology based devices. The multispectral personnel tag has immediate utility for current military operations, and since it is designed to work with current targeting pods, Aerius"tag device can be deployed as soon as production begins. In addition, once in commercial production, these tags have applications in law enforcement. Therefore, a key objective for the Phase II effort will be to finalize a tag design that is ready for production by the end of the program. Moreover, while this product will be targeted for the needs of our AF customer, it would have broad appeal across all branches of the military, and therefore, the volume potential for a commercial product is substantial.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.98K | Year: 2011

Aerius Photonics proposes to develop lossless tunable wavelength filters operating around 1550 nm based on electrically-injected MEMS-Tunable Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (MT-VCSOAs). The unique properties of these devices simultaneously provide tunable wavelength filtering and optical gain, making MT-VCSOAs ideal components for filtering and forwarding optical signals in wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) networks. Aerius will leverage lossless tunable filters based on MT-VCSOAs to construct photonic routers suitable for space-based applications. The use of MT-VCSOAs as lossless tunable filters will allow signals to be routed without wavelength conversion and for the system to support both analog and digital signals. Implementation of electrically-injected devices ensures small size, weight, and power consumption. In Phase I, the tunable filters will be designed, fabricated, characterized, and evaluated for radiation tolerance. Aerius will also work to initiate development of the network topology and WDM photonic router architecture. Upon completion of Phase II, Aerius will deliver a prototype WDM photonic router utilizing MT-VCSOAs as the enabling technology.

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