FABRICATION OF MICRO-OPTICAL COMPONENTS BY SOL-GEL TECHNOLOGY

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 13308
Amount: $49,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Box 18 - One Progressive Blvd, Alachua, FL, 32615
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Jean-luc Nogues
 (904) 462-2358
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Abstract
THE SOL-GEL PROCESS ALLOWS FOR THE PREPARATION OF POROUS, SILICA OPTICAL COMPONENTS, TERMED TYPE VI SILICA. A NOVEL POTENTIAL APPLICATION FOR TYPE VI SILICA IS PROPOSED IN WHICH THE POROUS MATRIX IS USED AS A SUBSTRATE FOR THE FABRICATION OF MICRO-OPTICAL COMPONENTS. THE POROUS NATURE OF THE MATERIAL ALLOWS LASER-ENHANCED DENSIFICATION FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PLANAR OPTICAL WAVEGUIDES AND MICRO-OPTICAL ARRAYS. INVESTIGATIONS ARE PROPOSED FOR THE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE TYPE VI SILICA WITH REGARD TO ITS MECHANICAL AND THERMAL STABILITY, ULTRASTRUCTURE, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES AS A FUNCTION OF TEMPERATURE OF DENSIFICATION. LASER-ENHANCED DENSIFICATION EXPERIMENTS ARE PROPOSED FOR THE FABRICATION OF SELECTED MIRCO-OPTICAL COMPONENTS. ALTERNATIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES OF MIRCO-OPTICAL COMPONENTS WILL BE INVESTIGATED AND COMPARED WITH RESPECT TO COST, EASE OF MANUFACTURE AND PERFORMANCE ADVANTAGE. ANTICIPATED BENEFITS/POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS - CONSIDERING THE EXPENSE, THE DIFFICULTY AND EVEN THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF MANUFACTURING MICRO-OPTICS, THIS RESEARCH PROGRAM REPRESENTS A REAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR THE FABRICATION OF MICRO-OPTICAL COMPONENTS - WHICH ARE THE FUTURE OF THE OPTIC AND OPTOELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES. KEY WORDS - MICRO-OPTICS, SOL-GEL, LASER, DENSIFICATION, WAVEGUIDE, LENS ARRAYS

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