NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 O1.03-8392
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Game Changing Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Quantum Communications Transmitter at 775 nm

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Gener8 Incorporated
535 Del Rey Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085 - 3514
(650) 940-9898

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
William K Bischel
535 Del Rey Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085 - 3514
(650) 940-9898 Extension :127

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
We propose a novel new architecture for a quantum communications laser transmitter that is designed for free-space polarization encoded quantum key distribution (QKD) between a spacecraft and a ground based system. The transmitter will operate at 775 nm, a wavelength that has previously been analyzed to be optimize free-space QKD due to the combined influence of atmosphere transition and detection efficiency by Si:APD detectors. Hybrid integration will be used to design and fabricate a compact, rugged, and power efficient module that can meet all of the demanding environment requirements for space based optical components.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed laser system is the key enabling component for the development of advanced quantum communications for NASA applications. Secure encrypted communications for NASA missions requires the frequent distribution of keys between the spacecraft and the ground. The proposed quantum communications laser transmitter is the key building block of a QKD system based on polarization state modulation.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Quantum key distribution (QKD) using polarization modulation with decoy states has increasing interest in the commercial marketplace as a method to enable secure encrypted data transfer. There are already three start up companies addressing this area at 1550 nm for fiber optic system. The proposed quantum communications laser will open new markets for free space QKD as well as continue to develop the planar waveguide hybrid integration technology that can be applied to many different applications that require the development of advanced optical components.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Lasers (Communication)
Waveguides/Optical Fiber (see also Optics)

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