Professors Yifei Li (PI) and Dayalan Kasilingam (Co-PI) have been awarded a 2017 DoD DURIP grant (~$200,000) by AFSOR to create a truly state-of-the-art GHz and Terahertz (THz) photonic testbed. The testbed performs ultra-wideband vector signal demodulation, intensity/phase noise, nonlinear distortion and dynamic range measurement from millimeter wave to THz range (1100GHz). The testbed gives the UMassD RF photonic lab a rare but vital capability to perform innovative research in photonics assisted submillimeter / THz wave radar, communication and sensor systems.
“DURIP instrumentation awards provide the unique means through which DoD supports universities in the acquisition of essential laboratory instrumentation, usually out of reach for most research grants,” said Dale Ormond, principal director for DASD research. “DURIP is a true enabler of discovery for DoD supported science and technology research.”
Awards are administered through a merit competition jointly conducted by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The annual DURIP awards process is highly competitive. Solicited proposals target university investigators conducting science and engineering research of importance to national defense. Pertinent research underpins advances in materials, structures, and manufacturing science; quantum and nanosciences; computing and networks; electronics, electromagnetics, and electro optics; acoustics; neuroscience; fluid dynamics; robotics and artificial intelligence; and ocean, environmental, and life sciences and engineering.