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OPTOFLUIDIC WAVEGUIDES FOR RECONFIGURABLE PHOTONIC SYSTEMS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
90159
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-024-0128
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Illuminaria
2438 Slaterville Road Slaterville Springs, NY 14881-9402
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: OPTOFLUIDIC WAVEGUIDES FOR RECONFIGURABLE PHOTONIC SYSTEMS
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0053
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Modern microfluidic and nanofluidics has enabled the development of a present day equivalent of such devices centered on the marriage of fluidics and optics which we refer to as "Optofluidics." In our device a stream of high refractive index liquid is fluidically focused down to a narrow width between two low refractive index solution streams. These two "focusing streams" enable us to place the liquid core waveguide directly over a solid core waveguide allowing the light to evanescently couple into it. Once the light is captured the switching streams allow us to switch the liquid waveguide so that it runs over one of the different output waveguides. Analogous to the previous case when the liquid core waveguide flows over the solid core one the liquid evanescently couples out back into the solid structure. One of the limitations of developing such devices in the past has been the need for additional fluidic extra infrastructure (pumps and valves for example). We solve this problem here through the use of an electrohydrodynamic pump which generates pressure driven liquid flow through a low voltage driven electrolytic phase transition. BENEFIT: This research will lead to the development of optical switches in computing applications. These commercial applications include optical signal processing in telecommunications and scientific research.

Principal Investigator:

Scott Stelick
Director of Research
6075923778
sstelick@illuminariallc.com

Business Contact:

Scott Stelick
Director of Research
6075923778
sstelick@illuminariallc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Illuminaria
117 Devlen Road Groton, NY 13073

EIN/Tax ID: 200922874
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Cornell University
240 Upson Hall
Sibley School
Ithaca, NY 14853
Contact: David Erickson
Contact Phone: (607) 342-1799
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university