Rugged and Durable Fiber Optic Replacement
Navy SBIR FY2008.2


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-115
Topic Title: Rugged and Durable Fiber Optic Replacement
Proposal No.: N082-115-0545
Firm: Hybrid Glass Technologies, Inc.
Princeton Corporate Plaza
1 Deer park Drive, Suite I
Monmouth Junction,NJ, New Jersey 08852-1663
Contact: Anna Wojcik
Phone: (732) 329-8087
Web Site: www.hybridglass.com
Abstract: Hybrid Glass Technologies, Inc. (HGT) proposes to design and develop a rugged and durable drop-in fiber replacement that would provide a versatile platform for a number of photonic network-centric military avionic network applications. The key improvement over the currently used technology will be provided by the fiber coating material called hybrid glass that meets the military adverse environmental conditions. Specifically the hybrid glass coating will provide the fibers with enhanced bending strength, robustness, high temperature and environmental durability. Additional benefits include small fiber diameter, minimal bend radius, and ease of termination. The hybrid glass coating has already proven to provide the fiber with higher strength characteristics and the resistance to breaks during bending and handling therefore will require less cable protection than the current silica-based fiber optic material. The hybrid glass coating will be applied on 50 micron core graded index multimode fiber and 9 micron mode field diameter bend-insensitive single-mode fibers to provide -55 to +165 C operation over a 100 meter transmission distance. In addition, we propose to develop a strippable coating and to design a drop-in cable plant replacement incorporating hybrid glass coated fibers into improved cable, fiber ribbon using epoxy-free connectors.
Benefits: Besides application on variety of military avionics platform the more robust and reliable fiber optics device will find multiple use in private sector applications including computer and telecommunication networks incorporating fiber optic interconnects.

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