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Nonlinear Plasmonic Structures and Devices (TALON)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W911NF19C0034
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2246
Amount: $1,481,928.28
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB173-002
Solicitation Number: 17.3
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-07-20
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
 Principal 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 on chip tunable and non-linear photonic components and devices. Ziva’s TALON based modulator exploits metamaterial based, composite materials for the waveguide section cladding layers and for the non-linear interaction sections. Using metamaterial based composite cladding layers for the linear waveguide sections, TALON effectively reduced the propagation loss of ultra-confined plasmonic waveguides. This enables significantly more compact overall footprints without incurring the insertion loss penalty characteristic of conventional MIM waveguide based approaches. In addition, the metamaterial based non-linear sections reduce the interaction length. This reduction is achieved because the propagating mode interacts, with a composite non-linear core material possessing large magnitude, effective, non-linear refractive index characteristics. Ziva’s proposed, CMOS compatible, TALON technology exploits the use of metamaterial based, nanostructured, composite materials for the linear waveguide section cladding layers and non-linear core sections to enable the realization of micron-scale optical devices such as light amplitude modulators with minimum insertion losses. TALON technology promises to enable on-chip photonic components and devices which are CMOS compatible and of the same dimensions as electronic devices to continue to scale future computation, communication, sensing and imaging devices.

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