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Ultra Nonlinear Plasmonics (TALON)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: 140D6318C0061
Agency Tracking Number: D173-002-0005
Amount: $524,878.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB173-002
Solicitation Number: 17.3
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-03-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-17
Small Business Information
6440 Lusk Blvd D-107
San Diego, CA 92121
United States
DUNS: 118614556
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alok Mehta
 Senior Scientist
 (407) 310-8034
Business Contact
 Anis Husain
Phone: (858) 735-2496
Research Institution

Ziva’s proposed Ultra Nonlinear Plasmonics (TALON) technology addresses the critical DoD need to miniaturize tunable and non-linear photonic, on-chip components and devices. Ziva’s TALON modulator exploits composite metamaterials both for its waveguide section cladding layers and for the non-linear interaction sections. The former effectively reduces the propagation loss of TALON’s ultra-confined plasmonic waveguides. This key feature enables significantly more compact overall footprints, without incurring the insertion loss penalty characteristic of conventional metal-insulator-metal plasmonic waveguide approaches. Separately, a composite metamaterial core for the nonlinear segment provides large magnitude, effective, non-linear refractive index characteristics. This second key TALON feature reduces the required interaction length for modulation. TALON technology enables the realization of micron-scale optical devices such as light amplitude modulators with minimum insertion losses. A unique swarm optimization approach for composite material design preserves wideband device operation. Ziva’s proposed TALON technology promises to enable on-chip photonic components and devices, which are CMOS-compatible and of the same dimensions as electronic devices. The TALON approach offers a key path to continue scaling future computation, communication, sensing and imaging devices.

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