NASA SBIR 2020-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
20-2- S1.10-5445
Phase 1 Contract #:
80NSSC20C0487
Subtopic Title:
Atomic Interferometry
Proposal Title:
Comb Using Photonically Integrated Devices (CUPID)

Small Business Concern

   
Firm:
          
Vector Atomic, Inc.
          
   
Address:
          
1249 Quarry Lane, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566
          
   
Phone:
          
(925) 249-5959                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Principal Investigator:

   
Name:
          
Dr. Arman Cingoz
          
   
E-mail:
          
arman@vectoratomic.com
          
   
Address:
          
1249 Quarry Lane, Suite 100, CA 94566 - 8410
          
   
Phone:
          
(925) 249-5959                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Business Official:

   
Name:
          
Dr. Jamil Abo-Shaeer
          
   
E-mail:
          
jamil@vectoratomic.com
          
   
Address:
          
1249 Quarry Lane, Suite 100, CA 94566 - 8410
          
   
Phone:
          
(925) 249-5959                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Summary Details:

   
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
Begin: 4
End: 6
          
          
     
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

Optical frequency combs play an essential role in modern timekeeping and metrology. To date, however, frequency combs are primarily used in laboratories, owing to their size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) and fragility. To operationalize the technology, Vector Atomic and Harvard University will design an erbium (Er) fiber Comb Using Photonic Integrated Devices. CUPID will combine the robust Er fiber comb architecture with an integrated photonics module for supercontinuum generation and self-referencing. 

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

Space missions are critically dependent on precise timing and synchronization. Coherent ranging and imaging systems such as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) and the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar Mission (NISAR) are enabled by highly coherent RF and laser oscillators, respectively. Future NASA mission including deep space navigation, space-based gravitational wave detectors, and multi-static radar imaging will require timing precision beyond the capabilities of current hardware.

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

LiDAR and RADAR applications can benefit from the long coherence time of an optical local oscillator and the ultralow phase noise provided by the frequency comb. In GPS-denied environments, a highly stable clock can extend missions by maintaining synchronization between distributed systems.

          
          
     
Duration:     24
          
          

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