Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F49620-02-C-0092
Agency Tracking Number: F023-0133
Amount: $99,586.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
102 East Main Street, Suite 204, Newark, DE, 19711
DUNS: 071744143
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Behrmann
 Principal Investigator
 (302) 456-9003
Business Contact
 Uyen Nguyen
Title: CEO
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Research Institution
 University of Delaware
 Dennis Prather
 140 Evans Hall, Dept. Electrical Engineering
Newark, DE, 19716
 (302) 831-8170
 Nonprofit college or university
"Advances in integrated circuit manufacturing techniques have allowed for the miniaturization of devices on rapidly decreasing scales. In the last decade, we have witnessed the emergence of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) from the laboratory to acommercially viable industry that is estimated to reach $15 billion in sales by 2004.1 As MEMS technology has transferred to industry and the marketplace, research organizations have continued to pursue small-scale fabrication and have advanced to thesubmircon or nano regime. At these dimensions, where feature sizes are less than the wavelength of light, it is possible to produce optical materials and devices that allow for unique photonic control and manipulation. As such a new class of opticaldevices based on submicron periodic structures has emerged and is referred to as photonic crystals (PhC) or photonic band gap devices (PBGs). Preliminary research indicates that these devices will be capable of performing a wide variety of functions.2These include but are not limited to switching, splitting, modulation, and filtering. PBGs can be integrated into small packages making them desirable for commercial applications such as optical interconnects and dense wavelength division multiplexing(DWDM), as well as military and government applications including quiet communications, sensors, and engineered coatings. To fully realize the potential of PBG devices, there are several major research and development challenges that must be addressed. Infact, a recent report on the state of photonic integrated circuits suggests that the current obstacles to commercialization are software simulation, yields, materials, and test equipment.3 We agree and believe that we have assembled a team with thebackground and expertise to address these obstacles and bring this technology to market."

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