Hybrid Integrated Photonics for Ultrahigh Throughput Optical Signal Processing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CF62P
Agency Tracking Number: 090118
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: T4.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Structured Materials Industries, Inc.
201 Circle Drive North, Suite 102/103, Piscataway, NJ, 08854-3723
DUNS: 787144807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Willner
 Principal Investigator
 (732) 302-9274
 bwillner@structuredmaterials.com
Business Contact
 Gary Tomp
Title: President
Phone: (732) 302-9274
Email: GSTompa@structuredmaterials.com
Research Institution
 Cornell University
 Not Available
 120 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY, 14853
 (607) 255-1050
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
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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