DOD SBIR 24.4 Annual

Active
Yes
Status
Open
Release Date
October 3rd, 2023
Open Date
October 3rd, 2023
Due Date(s)
March 31st, 2025
Close Date
March 31st, 2025
Topic No.
A244-012

Topic

Quantum Enhanced RF Components

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the topic of "Quantum Enhanced RF Components" in their SBIR 24.4 Annual solicitation. The objective of this research is to utilize quantum phenomenology to create sensitive Radio Frequency (RF) components that can enhance the performance of current communication systems. By lowering the noise levels of these components, weaker signals can be detected, potentially enabling the radar detection of previously unseen targets. The research will focus on developing quantum-based RF components such as amplifiers, mixers, and oscillators that can be integrated with existing systems. The project will be conducted in two phases. Phase I will involve delivering a series of reports outlining the feasibility of the RF component using mathematical models for quantum phenomena. Phase II will require the delivery of a working prototype and a report documenting the prototype's capabilities and any necessary control software. The potential applications of this technology include enhancing the efficacy of security systems that rely on RF detection, minimizing disruptions in police and first responder communications systems caused by RF interference, and improving communication between maritime and aviation vehicles. The project duration is not specified, but the solicitation is open until March 31, 2025. For more information and to submit proposals, interested parties can visit the DOD SBIR website.

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Quantum Science; Advanced Computing and Software

 

OBJECTIVE: Through quantum phenomenology, businesses can create sensitive Radio Frequency (RF) components to enhance the performance of current communication systems. The enhancement of detection of current RF systems would produce lower noise levels for each of the components. Lowering the noise levels for the components will enable the detection of weaker signals, which could mean the radar detection of previously unseen targets.

 

DESCRIPTION: Quantum research made breakthroughs in innovative technologies enabling the creation of new RF components that can exceed existing performances. Literature has shown that quantum-based RF components can be used to decrease noise in RF components. Examples of quantum-based RF components of interest included but are not limited to amplifiers, mixers, and oscillators. All the components can be used to increase the detection efficiencies of signals whether it be for communications or radar systems. These components will be developed such that they can be integrated with current existing systems. Once integrated with the current systems the components would provide enhancements over the components that they are replacing. The end user of the components would fall within the Army Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force (ISR TF).

 

PHASE I: Delivery for Phase I would be a series of reports outlining feasibility of RF component with mathematical models for feasibility of quantum phenomena.

 

PHASE II: Delivery for Phase II would be a working prototype demonstrated at the end of the contract. In addition to the prototype, a report documenting the bounds of the prototype and any necessary control software required to operate the prototype.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS:

Various security systems rely on RF detection to verify user access, utilizing Quantum enhanced components will enhance efficacy of the systems. ​
Currently, RF interference can disrupt police and first responder communications systems. Integration of Quantum Enhanced RF components will help minimize disruptions and identify the source of interference. ​
Maritime and Aviation vehicles currently utilize RF frequencies for navigation and timing. Implementation of quantum enhanced components will make it easier to communicate between vessels and traffic controllers, as well as have a wider range than traditional RF devices.

REFERENCES:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41567-022-01929-w
https://journals.aps.org/prx/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevX.12.021061
https://journals.aps.org/prapplied/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevApplied.17.044009

 

KEYWORDS: Radio Frequency (RF); Noise level reduction; communication; components, Quantum-based RF; radar detection; Enhancement; Performance; Signals

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