Nanomembrane Integrated Lasers on Silicon

Award Information
Department of Defense
Air Force
Award Year:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 08TT08
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Semerane Inc.
500 South Cooper Street, Arlington, TX, 76019
Hubzone Owned:
Minority Owned:
Woman Owned:
Principal Investigator:
Zhenqiang Ma
Associate Professor
(608) 261-1095
Business Contact:
Fang Lin
(817) 301-4649
Research Institution:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cheryl Gest
21 N. Park Street
Suite 6401
Madison, WI, 53715
(608) 262-3822
Nonprofit college or university
The objective of this STTR Phase I proposal is to investigate the feasibility of a commercially practical laser source on silicon (Si). Currently, silicon (Si)-based photonics are bottlenecked by the lack of an economical yet reliably integrated on-chip laser source. In this program, Semerane Inc. will work closely with University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Texas at Arlington to remove this most difficult bottleneck by developing the long demanded on-Si lasers, based on a low-temperature nanomembrane integration technology. The on-silicon infrared laser, namely membrane reflector VCSEL (MR-VCSEL), will exhibit high efficiency, ultra compactness (DBR-free), high reliability and wide spectral tunability. With the proposed laser structure to be directly built on Si, the highly desirable monolithic integration of the laser with Si CMOS will also be realized. The success of the proposed work will lead to the next-generation fully integrated electronics and photonics (EP) integrated circuits and will pave the way toward high-density 3D integrated EP systems. It is expected that the successful development of the on-Si laser through this STTR project will generate significant impact on the military and commercial communication and sensing applications. BENEFIT: The success of the development of economical yet reliable lasers on Si permits monolithic integration of sensing, spectroscopy, signal processing and computing all on a single chip. The single-chip photonics and electronics integration offers an affordable solution to the multi-functional platform with revolutionary influence in many areas of science, technology and everyday life. Such examples include high capacity low cost data network, optical computing, flexible displays, solid state lighting, energy harvest, infrared night vision, image and gas sensing for medical, biological, environmental, military, and home land security applications.

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