Visible to Near-Infrared Integrated Photonics Development for Quantum Inertial Sensing
Navy SBIR 2020.1 - Topic N201-082
SSP - Mr. Michael Pyryt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 14, 2020 - Closes: February 12, 2020 (8:00 PM ET)
AREA(S): Electronics, Materials/Processes, Sensors
PROGRAM: Strategic Systems Programs ACAT I
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Develop a novel integrated photonic component in the visible to near-infrared
wavelengths, with a particular focus on devices suitable for quantum inertial
sensing. Develop a method to combine commercially and not commercially
available components with the manufacturing process to make the components
compatible with the integrated photonics architecture.
Advance the development process in the neglected visible and near-infrared
wavelength regime, with a particular focus on components and component
combinations most immediately relevant to an ultra-compact, robust,
frequency-agile, and narrow-line laser system for quantum inertial sensing.
This is of particular interest since quantum inertial sensing has the
capability to be a single sensor sensitive to both acceleration and rotation.
Perform a design and materials analysis to assess the feasibility of the
fabrication of the selected integrated photonics component(s), for
incorporation into a quantum inertial sensing system. Analyze potential
materials, while exploring the risks and risk mitigation strategies associated
with each and identifying the most promising option. If the proposed design
operates at a wavelength other than 780nm or 850nm (the relevant wavelengths
for most quantum inertial sensors) include a detailed plan for how the system
can be adapted to work at those wavelengths and the risks involved in that
adaptation. Similarly, perform an analysis that details the planned fabrication
process, again identifying risks and risk mitigation strategies. Include an
evaluation of the anticipated size, weight, electrical power draw, potential
loses and environmental (including thermal, magnetic, vibration, and hermetic
seal) sensitivities of the final design. The design must (a) demonstrate a
performance benefit over existing technology and (b) demonstrate a pathway to a
small and compact (goal of less than 0.15in2 chip cross section), lightweight
(goal of less than 1 ounce) , and low-power (goal of less than 100mW). Finally,
justify the need for the development of particular components or combination of
components, by creating a detailed plan underscoring the necessary reduction in
size, weight, or power afforded by the new device(s) for incorporation into a
quantum inertial sensing system. Propose in a Phase II plan, a specific device
design for fabrication based upon this analysis.
fabricate and characterize a lot of at least ten (10) prototype devices that
will be installed into fiber-coupled and electrically-connectorized packages.
Perform characterization of the components, demonstrating their basic
performance (e.g., optical power production or handling capability, bandwidth,
extinction ratio, electrical power draw, etc., as appropriate for the device in
question). Evaluate the device’s thermal, magnetic, and vibration sensitivities.
Perform tests in accordance with MIL-STD-202, MIL-STD-750, and MIL-STD-883,
required to validate the use of the device for the application(s) identified in
Phase I. Demonstrate the performance of the device as part of one of those
applications. Deliver the ten or more prototypes by the end of Phase II.
DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Based on the prototypes, continual advancement of
integrated photonics in visible and near-infrared wavelengths should lead to
production of the design suitable for use in quantum inertial sensing system.
The end product technology could be leveraged to bring quantum inertial sensing
technology towards a price point that could make it more attractive to the
telecommunication and biomedical commercial markets.
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Integrated Photonics; Inertial Sensor; Accelerometer; Navigation; Quantum
Inertial Sensing; Near-infrared Wavelengths