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Flexible Micro- and Nano-Patterning Tools for Photonics

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Luminit, LLC
1850 W 205th Street Torrance, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Flexible Micro- and Nano-Patterning Tools for Photonics
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA9550-11-C-0039
Award Amount: $99,983.00


To address the OSD needs for low cost, highly flexible micro- and nano-patterning tools, systems, and methods with excellent durability for multilevel nanophotonic devices and/or dense photonic and optoelectronic components, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new computer-controlled Nano-Pattering Tool (NAPA-Tool) to replicate micro- and nano-patterns (sub-100 nm to 100 micron) on both rigid and flexible substrates. This flexible net-shape tooling can be integrated into existing roll-to-roll replication web machines for mass production of photonic devices, with multi-cavities and has controllable surface roughness with very good release properties with a short lead time thereby reducing the manufacturing cost. In Phase I, Luminit will design a NAPA-Tool by replicating micro- and nano-pattern, for example, waveguide structures on both rigid and flexible substrate and testing them for quality of the replication process using the NAPA-Tool, such as morphology and optical transmission. In Phase II, we will optimize the NAPA-Tool, scale-up the fabrication process of metal master, produce prototype samples and perform a cost benefit analysis.

Principal Investigator:

Shamim Mirza
Research Scientist
(310) 320-1066

Business Contact:

Engin Arik
President and CEO
(310) 320-1066
Small Business Information at Submission:

Luminit, LLC
1850 205th Street Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 203829605
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Michigan
Wolverine Tower, rm 1062
3003 South State STreet
Ann Arbor,, MI 48109-1274
Contact: Glenn Levine
Contact Phone: (734) 763-2171