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Rigorous Analysis and Design of Nano-Photonic Devices using a Novel Hardware…

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2004 / SBIR
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EM Photonics, Incorporated
51 East Main Street Suite 203 Newark, DE 19711-
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Rigorous Analysis and Design of Nano-Photonic Devices using a Novel Hardware Approach
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R290
Award Amount: $748,879.00


A nearly universal trend in modern technology is integrating systems, and their associated devices, on decreasingly smaller scales. Examples range from complete telecommunication systems on a chip to implantable medical devices smaller than human cells. The majority of these devices apply hybrid designs that integrate on a commensurate scale electronics with active and passive optical components. How to design such systems accounting for all the various physical phenomena, including those present in the fabrication processes, is a very challenging problem. Moreover, as optical components are reduced to a scale that is comparable to the operational wavelength, approximate optical design tools are no longer valid. For these cases more rigorous electromagnetic analysis is required. Thus, new computer aided design (CAD) tools are needed that integrate the rigorous physical models and fabrication processes into a single desktop environment. To solve this very challenging problem we propose to apply EM Photonic's revolutionary hardware acceleration system. This system has demonstrated that application specific hardware can provide unprecedented acceleration in solving complicated electromagnetic problems using only a single desktop computer. We are confident this novel approach will break the computational bottleneck that has hindered progress towards a truly useful micro- and nano- photonics CAD system.

Principal Investigator:

James Durbano
Chief Hardware Architect

Business Contact:

Eric Kelmelis
Vice President
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51 East Main Street Newark, DE 19711

EIN/Tax ID: 510411701
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No