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Tunable Bioinspired Spatially-varying Random Photonic Crystals

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-C-0315
Agency Tracking Number: F19A-017-0071
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19A-T017
Solicitation Number: 19.A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-09-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-12-09
Small Business Information
3040 Presidential Drive, Suite 100
Fairborn, OH 45324-1111
United States
DUNS: 838936599
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Rudra Gnawali
 (937) 431-5100
 rudra.gnawali@appliedo.com
Business Contact
 Barbara Krivian
Phone: (937) 431-5100
Email: barbara.krivian@appliedo.com
Research Institution
 UDRI
 Claudette Groeber
 
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0001
United States

 (937) 229-2919
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

The research objective of the proposed Phase II work is to design, optimize, and demonstrate breadboard prototypes of bio-inspired Spatially Varying Photonic Crystals (SVPCs) that optimize tunability, self-collimation, and transmission of light through sharp bends as per the application-specific requirements. The design process will be performed using a SVPC design toolkit that includes mathematical algorithms, a library of bio-inspired SVPC designs, and interfaces to Computer Aided Design (CAD), and a Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) solver. The toolkit will output the needed parameters for fabrication. The breadboard prototypes of up to three dual-use photonic device applications that utilize bio-inspired SVPCs will be demonstrated, and the SVPC designs will be optimized using a combination of simulation and experimental data. The optical performance of SVPC breadboard prototypes will be experimentally validated for their tunability, self-collimation, and controlled transmission and reflection properties. The measured SVPC device performance will be compared with the capabilities of state-of-the-art single mode fibers. 

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