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Nanophotonic modulators based on functional polymeric materials

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
85085
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-007-0435
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
PHOTON-X, LLC
283 Great Valley Parkway Malvern, PA 19355-9355
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Nanophotonic modulators based on functional polymeric materials
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-08-C-0015
Award Amount: $98,000.00
 

Abstract:

Photon-X, University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and University of Washington (UW) are teaming to propose to develop next generation EO modulators based on photonic crystal (PhC) waveguides and stable functional polymeric materials that would provide revolutionary performance for broad range of applications. We will design and analyze PhC modulators based on highly stable advanced NLO polymers and demonstrate the feasibility of achieving low voltage (e.g. <10mV), low insertion loss (e.g. <2dB) and high modulation efficiency (e.g. >95% modulation depth) for >100GHz operation at 1550nm. Our proposed approach utilizes 1) PhC waveguides to take advantage of their unique fundamental properties of high dispersion and slow group velocity that enable significant enhancement of nonlinear optical effect, and 2) NLO polymeric materials to take advantage of their superior EO properties as well as ease in fabrication for high density device integration. In the proposed project, relatively low refractive index of the NLO polymer will be increased by TiO2 nanoparticle doping as well as compensated by the geometry of the PhC via increasing the number of degrees of symmetry in the lattice. Advanced stable NLO EO polymers will be synthesized by UW and 2D polymer PhC designs and fabrications will be realized by UPenn while nanoparticle dopings, polymer waveguide mode transformer integration, EO modulator device design, fabrication, test and packaging as well as overall project management will be provided by Photon-X.

Principal Investigator:

Yongming Cai
CEO/Director
4848882966
ycai@photon-x.net

Business Contact:

Aydin yeniay
Director
4848882968
ayeniay@photon-x.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

PHOTON-X, LLC
283 Great Valley Parkway Malvern, PA 19355

EIN/Tax ID: 371481623
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF PENNSYLVANIA
3231 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact Phone: (215) 898-9645
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university