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STTR Phase I: Compact Semiconductor Ring Resonator Lasers

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88504
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0740999
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vega Wave Systems, Inc.
1275 West Roosevelt Road Suite 104 West Chicago, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: STTR Phase I: Compact Semiconductor Ring Resonator Lasers
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0740999
Award Amount: $150,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I research project will develop ultra low-loss, curved geometry compound semiconductor optical waveguides. It will investigate the feasibility of realizing compact semiconductor optical waveguide bends and ring resonators for improved light management in low-cost compact single-facet lasers capable of low threshold, high output power, and tunable single-frequency operation. This will enable the uniform oxidation of sidewalls in deeply etched high-index-contrast ridge-waveguides. The process simultaneously reduces sidewall roughness, remediates etch damage, provides excellent surface passivation, and creates a high confinement structure enabling efficient laser operation within low-loss, tightly-curved waveguides. This effort will accelerate the commercialization of new innovations for manipulating and managing photons in semiconductor optical waveguides and resonators, and promote more rapid and widespread deployment of high-bandwidth optical communication networks in local and metro area settings. In addition, the proposed compact ring resonator technology will make possible advanced integration of components for wavelength division multiplexed fiber optic networks that are not practical with the current state-of-the-art, bringing new concepts for high efficiency and high bandwidth all-optical routing to both metro and long-haul telecommunications markets.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey K. Whisnant
MS
6305629433
jwhisnant@vegawave.com

Business Contact:

Jeffrey K. Whisnant
MS
6305629433
jwhisnant@vegawave.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

VEGA WAVE SYSTEMS, INC.
1275 W. ROOSEVELT RD STE 104 WEST CHICAGO, IL 60185

EIN/Tax ID: 233047914
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Notre Dame du Lac
511 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Contact: Michael T. Edwards
Contact Phone: (574) 631-5000
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university