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Integration of III-V Semiconductor Optical Sources with Electro-optic Polymer…

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Department of Defense
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1997 / SBIR
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AEgis Technologies Group, Inc.
410 Jan Davis Drive Huntsville, AL 35806-4545
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Integration of III-V Semiconductor Optical Sources with Electro-optic Polymer Waveguide Devices Using Micromachined Reflective Elements
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $749,940.00


High efficiency optical coupling between light sources and guided wave photonic devices is a key element in achieving compact and high performance integrated photonic systems. These systems will share a generic requirement of a source, a detector, and both active and passive guided wave components. A wide variety of materials exist in which to fabricate these guided wave components, but electro-optic (EO) polymers are rapidly emerging as the material of choice for a variety of reasons: potentially lower cost, higher speed, and greater efficiency, coupled with a flexibility of design and fabrication which is based on a spin casting technology. This greatly facilitates the hybridization of polymer devices with electronic and optoelectronic devices on a semiconductor substrate. It is the goal of this proposed research, therefore, to design and fabricate a multifunction photonic chip which efficiently couples. 1.3 um radiation from an InGaAs/ InAIAs quantum well LED into a single mode EO polymer channel waveguide. The coupling mechanism will be a corrugated grating coupler fabricated in the polymer cladding that is optimized to a novel vertically coupled LED design. The technology developed under this SBIR will greatly facilitate the integration of photonic components on a common substrate.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Jeffrey S. Cites

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Aegis Research Corp.
6703 Odyssey Drive, Suite 200 Huntsville, AL 35806

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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No