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Photonic Crystal Chip-scale Optical Networks

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
400 Executive Boulevard, Suite 100 Ossining, NY 10562-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Photonic Crystal Chip-scale Optical Networks
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0022
Award Amount: $99,866.00


This proposal aims to spur the development of the next-generation of photonic crystal (PC) design tools. While current tools can model individual PC devices, they will prove insufficient to deal with the far-increased complexity of intregrated on-chip PC networks. There is a need for tools to improve both in their raw power and ability to handle very large problems robustly, but also to treat complex PC structures in a more intelligent and automated fashion. We propose to create several significant enhancements to RSoft's current tool suite. We will implement a generic engine capable of driving optimization projects for all RSoft device tools. The current capabilities for parallel computing will be extended to support new features such as complex gain modeling for active devices and better exploit naturally-parallel problems. Most importantly, we will undertake the design of a new circuit-level tool to enable hierarchical modeling of very complex circuits. This tool will allow different components to be modeled with different numerical tools and to be connected at a high level using S-matrix representations to support feedback and bi-directionality. The research and development effort in this proposal will create commercial design and simulation software for devices and system-on-chip base on photonic crystals. These softwares will provide efficient, accurate and vital numerical modeling of manufacturable/fabricated PBG devices and systems, thereby reducing design cycle and experiment costs and increasing success rates. The advantages of these softwares include flexible and powerful CAD interface, advanced and optimized algorithms and parallel and distributed computing capabilities. More importantly, the circuit level design tool, which will be developed in this proposal, will address the current design bottleneck for system-on-chip based on photonic crystals. All the above benefits will be critical for designers and researchers to develop commercially-worthy devices and systems based on photonic crystals.

Principal Investigator:

Michael J. Steel
Senior Research Scientist

Business Contact:

Zhengyu Huang
Director, Device Applications
Small Business Information at Submission:

200 Executive Boulevard Ossining, NY 10562

EIN/Tax ID: 134200292
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Department of Applied Physics, 500 W. 120th St. Rm 1322
New York, NY 10027
Contact: Richard M. Osgood
Contact Phone: (212) 854-4462
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university