Integrated Low Jitter Mode Locked Lasers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,984.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0586
Award Id:
91889
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB1-0119
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3914 Via lucero Unit G, Santa Barbara, CA, 93110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
GregFish
VP Research
(805) 455-6166
greg.fish@aurrion.com
Business Contact:
AlexFang
CEO
(805) 683-0425
alexander.fang@aurrion.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Integrated mode locked lasers are a compact, highly stable means to generate subpicosecond pulses with extremely small pulse to pulse jitter. These are important elements in next generation optical ADCs, pulsed LIDAR, and high speed transmitters. Integration on a silicon platform has a number of inherent advantages: low cost manufacturing in a high volume CMOS facility, ultralow loss optical waveguides, dispersion compensation using silicon ring resonators, and integration with other elements such as modulators, amplifiers, and optical samplers. The ultralow loss of silicon waveguides is important for operation at 8-12 GHz, where the cavity lengths are on the order of 4 mm long. The low loss is also important for high quality ring resonators, which are important for dispersion compensation and short pulse operation. Today, most mode locked lasers utilize many bulk optic components in the cavity, resulting in high coupling losses and internal reflections. The integration of these elements in an integrated cavity will result in lower loss, higher performance and lower cost. The use of a silicon substrate allows low cost, high volume silicon packaging for improved environmental performance in military environments.

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