Use of Microwave Photonics for Lowering SWaP and Thermal Dissipation in Receivers and ESAs

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Application Deadline
3/1/2019 6:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

Studies have indicated savings in Size, Weight, Power (SWaP), and thermal dissipation can be realized when conventional RF electronic functions are implemented with microwave photonics. For SWaP constrained platforms, this can become a significant benefit. Photonic Integrated Circuits are rapidly maturing and may provide an additional savings in SWaP. In some applications, optical processing of signals may be more power efficient than digital signal processing. While RF performance of microwave photonics lags conventional RF electronics in certain instances, an investigation into multiple applications and the resulting SWaP savings or processing efficiency improvements of microwave photonics over conventional electronics is required.


Example Approaches:

  • Research could compare of electronically steerable array (ESA) implementation with conventional electronics versus microwave photonic implementation
  • Research could include use of integrated photonics in fiber optic connectors for remoting signals
  • Research could include compressive sampling or Nyquist folding receiver designs to achieve lower power spectral awareness. Post compression recovery of signals should be included in this analysis.
  • Research could compare optical processing techniques to digital implementations to quantify efficiencies.
  • Research could include tomographic RF imaging implementations using microwave photonics and possible uses in the intelligence community.


Relevance to the Intelligence Community:

  • Improve processing efficiencies and lowering SWaP is of great benefit for future platforms.


Key Words: Microwave Photonics, Integrated Photonics, Photonic Integrated Circuits, PIC, Electronically Steerable Array, ESA, Compressive Sampling, Optical Processing, SWAP


Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
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  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
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