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OPTOFLUIDIC WAVEGUIDES FOR RECONFIGURABLE PHOTONIC SYSTEMS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-024-0128
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF08-T024
Solicitation Number:
2008.A
Small Business Information
Illuminaria
2438 Slaterville Road Slaterville Springs, NY 14881-9402
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: OPTOFLUIDIC WAVEGUIDES FOR RECONFIGURABLE PHOTONIC SYSTEMS
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0048
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

In this Phase I STTR, Illuminaria, in collaboration with Professor Erickson"s Laboratory at Cornell University, designed and developed a practical liquid based reconfigurable photonic device photonic switch using low voltage microfluidic pumps and microfabricated optofluidic waveguides. Briefly, the basic element of this approach comprises a stream of high index of refraction liquid (core) microfluidically focused down to a narrow stream between two lower index of refraction liquids (cladding). When light is coupled into the system it remains confined within the liquid core through total internal reflection. Once confined, the light can be indiscriminately manipulated by adjusting the flow rates of the cladding streams resulting in an infinitely reconfigurable independent of the underlying optical structure. BENEFIT: Illuminaria and Cornell University are poised to leverage the results of our Phase I accomplishments in the successful development of a Phase II optofluidic switch to be commercialized in the Phase III work. We are collaborating with Dr. Anguel Nikolov from PhotonIC Corporation (Los Angeles, CA) and Paul Tolley from the Infotonics Technology center on the commercialization of this technology. The overall goal of the Phase II technical objectives is to increase the commercial viability of the technique. The optofluidic switches would have numerous commercial applications which include secure optical communications, isolated power solutions for defense and security systems, configurable optical add/drop multiplexing, protection switching and network monitoring.

Principal Investigator:

Scott J. Stelick
(607) 592-3778
sstelick@illuminariallc.com

Business Contact:

Scott J. Stelick
Director
(607) 592-3778
sstelick@illuminariallc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Illuminaria
117 Devlen Road Groton, NY 13073-

EIN/Tax ID: 20-0922874
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Cornell University
2540 Dole Street
Hall 402
Honolulu, HI 96822-
Contact: Erickson
Contact Phone: (607) 255-4861