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A Scaleable Method for Fabricating Nonlinear Photonic Crystals

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2002 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Structured Materials Industries
201 Circle Drive North Unit # 102 Piscataway, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: A Scaleable Method for Fabricating Nonlinear Photonic Crystals
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F49620-02-C-0079
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The University of Wisconsin has developed an MOCVD process by which micron-scale and nanoscale high contrast (air/LiNbO3) epitaxial film photonic structures can be fabricated. As a consequence of the large index difference, as well as the large secondorder optical nonlinearity of LiNbO3, very compact all-optical and electro-optic devices based on index-confined and photonic bandgap defect waveguides can be realized. These structures will serve as the basis for a new class of truly compactelectro-optic and all-optical devices and circuits. The goal of the first phase of this proposed work is to design and demonstrate a reproducible wafer-scale version of the growth process. The follow-on effort will be dedicated to the design,fabrication, and characterization of several devices, including an ultrafast traveling wave modulator, tunable resonator filter, and an all-optical logic switch. This effort will combine the unique expertise of the group of Dr. Leon McCaughan atUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, discoverer of the technology, Structured Materials Industries, Inc., with extensive knowledge and background in oxide MOCVD processes and equipment, and Pandanus Optical Technologies, for design and fabrication of advancedoptical devices. This proposal is addressed to the expressed Air Force need for advanced nanophotonic devices and technology. Successful completion of this program will enable a breakthrough in device capability and quality for a variety of commercial andmilitary applications, including all-optical logic switches, tunable resonator filters and demultiplexers, and very low voltage traveling wave modulators - all part of a growing >$10B market

Principal Investigator:

Catherine E. Rice

Business Contact:

Gary S. Tompa
Small Business Information at Submission:

Structured Materials Industries
120 Centennial Ave. Piscataway, NJ 08854

EIN/Tax ID: 223175106
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 460 Peterson Bldg
Madison, WI 53706
Contact: Charles Hoffman
Contact Phone: (608) 262-0252
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university