OPTOFLUIDIC WAVEGUIDES FOR RECONFIGURABLE PHOTONIC SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-09-C-0053
Award Id:
90159
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-024-0128
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
117 Devlen Road, Groton, NY, 13073
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145383514
Principal Investigator:
Scott Stelick
Director of Research
(607) 592-3778
sstelick@illuminariallc.com
Business Contact:
Scott Stelick
Director of Research
(607) 592-3778
sstelick@illuminariallc.com
Research Institute:
Cornell University
David Erickson
240 Upson Hall
Sibley School
Ithaca, NY, 14853
(607) 342-1799
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Modern microfluidic and nanofluidics has enabled the development of a present day equivalent of such devices centered on the marriage of fluidics and optics which we refer to as "Optofluidics." In our device a stream of high refractive index liquid is fluidically focused down to a narrow width between two low refractive index solution streams. These two "focusing streams" enable us to place the liquid core waveguide directly over a solid core waveguide allowing the light to evanescently couple into it. Once the light is captured the switching streams allow us to switch the liquid waveguide so that it runs over one of the different output waveguides. Analogous to the previous case when the liquid core waveguide flows over the solid core one the liquid evanescently couples out back into the solid structure. One of the limitations of developing such devices in the past has been the need for additional fluidic extra infrastructure (pumps and valves for example). We solve this problem here through the use of an electrohydrodynamic pump which generates pressure driven liquid flow through a low voltage driven electrolytic phase transition. BENEFIT: This research will lead to the development of optical switches in computing applications. These commercial applications include optical signal processing in telecommunications and scientific research.

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