Integration of Magneto-Optical Materials for Novel Optical Devices & Magnetophotonic Crystals

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNG04CB08C
Agency Tracking Number: 020053
Amount: $499,974.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
150H New Boston St., Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 114584175
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hua Jiang
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 339-0278
Business Contact
 Yingyin (Kevin) Zou
Title: Business Official
Phone: (781) 935-2800
Research Institution
 University of Minnesota
 Keara Roberts
 200 Oak Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
 (612) 624-5599
 Nonprofit college or university
This work proposes to capitalize on our Phase I success in monolithically integrating magneto-optic and magnetic materials with semiconductor platforms in order to reduce the size and weight, as well as increase the performance, of NASA?s strategic optical systems. Nonreciprocal components play extremely important role in laser systems and telecommunications. Currently all such components are discrete; there are no fully monolithically integrated nonreciprocal components available in the market. This work will use a novel technique, metallorganic chemical liquid deposition (MOCLD) to achieve this feat. Phase I results have demonstrated the feasibility of this technique in fabricating doped and undoped magneto-optic films, as well as buffer layers, onto semiconductors. Permanent magnet films were also grown with sufficient strengths to bias the magneto-optic films for fully integrated waveguide isolators. All of these materials will be optimized during initial fabrication/characterization tasks in the Phase II program. Also, prototype devices will continue to be simulated using the beam propagation method. These simulation results will allow a fast path toward fabricating prototype devices with minimal processing/testing iterations. Photonic circuitry with electric and magnetic drives and magnetophotonic crystals will also be designed and developed in this Phase II program.

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