NASA STTR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 18-1- T8.02-3882
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Photonic Integrated Circuits
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Chip-scale THz Spectrometer
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC):
RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
Name:   Nexus Photonics, LLC
Name:   University of California-Santa Barbara
Street:  2320 De La Vina Street, #12
Street:  ESB 3205D University of California, Santa Barbara
City:   Santa Barbara
City:   Santa Barbara
State/Zip:  CA  93105-3852
State/Zip:   CA 93106 - 5080
Phone:  (805) 895-4733
Phone:   (805) 893-7163


Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tin Komljenovic
komljenovic@nexusphotonics.com
2320 De La Vina St, No. 12 Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - 3852
(805) 895-4733

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tin Komljenovic
komljenovic@nexusphotonics.com
2320 De La Vina St, No. 12 Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - 3852
(805) 895-4733
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 5
Technical Abstract

We propose to revolutionize the field of frequency-domain terahertz (THz) spectrometers by developing ~2 cm3 wide-band spectrometer with improved frequency accuracy, resolution and stability. Integration will also provide significant SWaP-C advantage compared to present solution allowing deployment in small spacecraft platforms and other applications where low SWaP is crucial.

Compared to presently available frequency-domain THz spectrometers, we expect significant improvements as follows:

Potential NASA Applications

The T8.02 Photonic Integrated Circuits topic specifically calls for integrated photonic sensors that include as example: Terahertz spectrometer. We propose to revolutionize the field of frequency-domain THz spectrometers by developing ~2 cm3 chip-scale spectrometer. The core of the spectrometer is a stable THz signal generator. Said generator is a crosscutting technology that can be used in mm-wave or THz communication systems as well as in sensing application as the envisioned THz spectrometer.

Potential Non-NASA Applications

Terahertz spectroscopy can be used, among other things, for: explosive detection, narcotics detection, pharmaceutical quality control and tissue classification. This makes it very interesting for many government agencies such as DoD, DHS, EPA and HHS. With SWaP-C improvements, we can expect such sensors to be more widely deployed. In terms of non-government markets, the pharmaceutical industry could be one of the early adopters of said technology.


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