Rigorous Analysis and Design of Nano-Photonic Devices using a Novel Hardware Approach

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R290
Agency Tracking Number: 03SB1-0245
Amount: $748,879.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB031-016
Solitcitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
51 East Main Street, Newark, DE, 19711
Duns: 071744143
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Durbano
 Chief Hardware Architect
 (302) 456-9003
Business Contact
 Eric Kelmelis
Title: Vice President
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Email: kelmelis@emphotonics.com
Research Institution
A nearly universal trend in modern technology is integrating systems, and their associated devices, on decreasingly smaller scales. Examples range from complete telecommunication systems on a chip to implantable medical devices smaller than human cells. The majority of these devices apply hybrid designs that integrate on a commensurate scale electronics with active and passive optical components. How to design such systems accounting for all the various physical phenomena, including those present in the fabrication processes, is a very challenging problem. Moreover, as optical components are reduced to a scale that is comparable to the operational wavelength, approximate optical design tools are no longer valid. For these cases more rigorous electromagnetic analysis is required. Thus, new computer aided design (CAD) tools are needed that integrate the rigorous physical models and fabrication processes into a single desktop environment. To solve this very challenging problem we propose to apply EM Photonic's revolutionary hardware acceleration system. This system has demonstrated that application specific hardware can provide unprecedented acceleration in solving complicated electromagnetic problems using only a single desktop computer. We are confident this novel approach will break the computational bottleneck that has hindered progress towards a truly useful micro- and nano- photonics CAD system.

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