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All-optical Switch Actuated by Optical Data

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG60-02-C-0088
Agency Tracking Number: 01-0392
Amount: $749,048.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
19 Research Road
East Falmouth, MA 02536
United States
DUNS: 106769839
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Myles Walsh
 (508) 540-4400
Business Contact
 Katherine Finnegan
Title: Administrative Assistant
Phone: (508) 540-4400
Research Institution

"All-optical switches capable of rapidly switching light with light are needed for missile defense in the Airborne-Laser, Space-Based Laser and Space-Based Infrared System as well as in Big Safari special mission aircraft. While the commercial and militaryusefulness of optical-electrical-optical switches for security, recognition and switching applications is well established, these devices are slow, large, expensive and require radiation hardening. A revolutionary new technology, a Surface PlasmonResonance Induced Gate (SPRIG), is proposed which combines a planar geometry suitable for optical parallel data processing with solid state optical switches which are ultrafast and capable of switching visible through IR light with very small energyexpense. By the end of the project, prototype SPRIGs will be fabricated, tested and delivered to DoD. These prototype optical switches will contain no electronic connections and be suitable for optical-optical parallel data processing."

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