Chip-scale integrated miniaturized, yet high performance photonic systems can significantly impact a wide range of applications including and in addition to NASA space communication and control needs. These applications include other terrestrial communications applications, including both free-space and fiber optic links, a range of sensing applications and potential optical waveform generating sources. Freedom Photonics will work with NASA and communications equipment manufacturers in the development and commercialization of these chip-scale photonic integration technologies to a variety of NASA applications and markets.
1. Optical fiber sensor systems which with significantly lower cost has the potential to become pervasive in structural monitoring of buildings, vehicles and other structures. 2. Optical links such as free-space optical or hybrid fiber-wireless systems where implementation to date have been limited due to the performance and cost of components compared to conventional transmission links and digital technologies. 3. Medical markets, a potentially very large volume market where a range of non-invasive optical sensing and imaging technologies are emerging including optical coherence tomography. 4. Chipscale integrated systems and subsystems for large data centers and supercomputer data transfer interconnects. Low-cost, ruggedized integrated photonics is a requirement for meeting these demands through efficient advanced photonic integrated circuit technology, in particular with regard to the large volume of components needed in a large datacenter or supercomputer.