NASA STTR 2017-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 17-2- T8.02-9810
 Photonic Integrated Circuits
 High Performance 3D Photonic Integration for Space Applications
Name:   Freedom Photonics, LLC
Name:   University of California-Santa Barbara
Street:  41 Aero Camino
Street:  ESB 3205D University of California, Santa Barbara
City:   Santa Barbara
City:   Santa Barbara
State/Zip:  CA  93117-3104
State/Zip:   CA 93106 - 5080
Phone:  (805) 967-4900
Phone:   (805) 893-7163

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Leif Johansson
41 Aero Camino Goleta, 93117 - 9311
(805) 967-4900

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Milan Mashanovitch
41 Aero Camino Santa Barbara, CA 93117 - 3104
(805) 967-4900
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract

In this work, Freedom Photonics will team with University of California, Santa Barbara to develop a hybrid integration platform that integrates yielded, best-of-breed active optical components with low-cost, high functionality Silicon Photonics components in a manner that is compatible with foundry fabrication (such as AIM Photonics). This will be performed in a highly manufacturable manner, using passively aligned pick-and-place technology to place the semiconductor components on the interposer substrate to form a system in package-type of integration platform for photonic space applications. Using our novel 3D hybrid integration approach developed at UCSB, an integration technology that is scalable, low cost, reliable, and that demonstrates superior thermal performance is realized. The approach is based on flip-chip bonding and vertical coupling between InP and silicon waveguides.

Potential NASA Applications

This proposed work will make space science and exploration more effective, affordable, and sustainable in that it will enable low cost and low SWaP technologies for space communications, freeing up resources for other onboard systems. The PIC technology will also better utilize the high bandwidth afforded by optics and scale readily to higher data rates. This technology will allow more frequent and lower cost missions and allow for incorporating free space laser modems on smaller satellites (ex. cubesats) and small craft (ex. drones).

Potential Non-NASA Applications

The developed miniaturized photonic integrated components will find application in emerging commercial markets such as
Optical fiber sensor systems,
Optical links such as hybrid fiber-wireless systems,
Non-invasive medical optical sensing and imaging,
Chip-scale integrated systems and subsystems for large data centers and supercomputers.

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