Hybrid Integrated Photonics for Ultrahigh Throughput Optical Signal Processing

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,991.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CF62P
Award Id:
95640
Agency Tracking Number:
090118
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
T4
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
201 Circle Drive North, Suite 102/103, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
787144807
Principal Investigator:
Bruce Willner
Principal Investigator
(732) 302-9274
bwillner@structuredmaterials.com
Business Contact:
Gary Tomp
President
(732) 302-9274
Research Institution:
Cornell University

120 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY, 14853
(607) 255-1050
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Structured Materials Industries, Inc. and Cornell University propose to develop high speed integrated photonic switches and WDM for LIDAR applications. The team has recently shown that single mode silicon nitride (Si3N4) waveguides to have very low propagation losses. This material is an ideal candidate for the propagation and manipulation of optical signals at LIDAR wavelengths (1.06 μm). It is possible to imbue electro-optic (EO) properties to these waveguides using an electro-optic polymer. Such polymers have been demonstrated to have very high switching speeds, where light signals were modulated at frequencies in excess of 1 THz. The program will address the efficient integration of active hybrid materials for externally controlling the silicon nitride photonic structures for the goal of obtaining high speed (< 1 ns) switches. Furthermore, these devices also will have qualities that are attractive to this LIDAR project with their compact size, low power consumption and power efficiency. Solutions to these technical challenges will enable the design of systems of unprecedented performance. This program begins at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2, will advance to TRL 3 at the end of Phase I and products will achieve TRL 6 at the end of Phase II.

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