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CMOS Compatible Active Silicon Nanophotonic Devices and Systems

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Structured Materials Industries
201 Circle Drive North Unit # 102 Piscataway, NJ 08854-3723
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: CMOS Compatible Active Silicon Nanophotonic Devices and Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0097
Award Amount: $100,000.00


In this STTR effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI), in collaboration with our academic and industrial partners will design, develop, and demonstrate a more efficient and compact, silicon-based electro-optic modulator based on nanoscale photonic structures that is completely compatible with standard CMOS processing. The structures developed will form the building blocks for a family of devices based on active silicon nanophotonics which will open the door to a new technology free from conventional microelectronics limitations, providing low power, high bandwidth, high speed and ultra-small optoelectronic components. Moreover, the active silicon nanophotonic devices to be developed will benefit from the inherent infrastructure and cost benefits of the existing CMOS manufacturing infrastructure. In Phase I of this project, we propose to expand preliminary results on specific electro-optic devices to address a more general class of devices and their integration on a silicon chip within a commercially manufacturable infrastructure. To this end, we will design, develop, and demonstrate devices for analysis and feasibility studies. In Phase II we will complete development of the devices and finalize a route for integrating passive and active components into complex, electro-optical systems on a single silicon chip within a commercial CMOS foundry.

Principal Investigator:

Brent Hoerman

Business Contact:

Gary S. Tompa
Small Business Information at Submission:

Suite 102/103, 201 Circle Drive North Piscataway, NJ 08854

EIN/Tax ID: 223175106
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Cornell University
Office of Sponsored Programs, 102 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Contact: Daniel B. Whitaker
Contact Phone: (607) 255-5014
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university