NASA STTR 2018-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 18-2- T8.02-3882
PHASE 1 CONTRACT NUMBER:
 80NSSC18P2147
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Photonic Integrated Circuits
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Chip-Scale THz Generator
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC):
Nexus Photonics, LLC
2320 De La Vina Street, #12
Santa Barbara CA  93105 - 3852
Phone: (805) 895-4733
RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
University of California-Santa Barbara
ESB 3205D University of California, Santa Barbara
CA  93106 - 5080
Phone: (805) 893-7163

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Tin Komljenovic
E-mail:
komljenovic@nexusphotonics.com
Address:
2320 De La Vina St, No. 12 Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - 3852
Phone:
(805) 895-4733

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Tin Komljenovic
E-mail:
komljenovic@nexusphotonics.com
Address:
2320 De La Vina St, No. 12 Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - 3852
Phone:
(805) 895-4733
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 5
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

We propose to revolutionize the field of frequency-domain THz spectrometers by developing ~5 cm3 wide-band spectrometer with improved frequency accuracy, resolution and stability. Integration will also provide significant SWaP-C advantage compared to present solutions allowing deployment in small spacecraft platforms and other applications where low SWaP is crucial.

Compared to presently available spectrometers, we expect significant improvements:

  • 10x weight reduction
  • 500x size reduction
  • 5x cost reduction
  • 1000x frequency accuracy improvement
  • 10x frequency resolution improvement

Guaranteed long-term stability with built-in calibration until end-of-life (EOL)

The core of the spectrometer is a stable THz signal generator providing continuous tuning with the ability to lock to a particular frequency with long-term stability. Said signal generator is a crosscutting technology that can be used in mm-wave/THz communication systems, frequency hopping devices and sensing application.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

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 ~5 cmchip-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 (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

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. In terms of non-government markets, the pharmaceutical industry could be one of the early adopters of said technology. 

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