OPTOFLUIDIC WAVEGUIDES FOR RECONFIGURABLE PHOTONIC SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0053
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-024-0128
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T024
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
117 Devlen Road, Groton, NY, 13073
DUNS: 145383514
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Stelick
 Director of Research
 (607) 592-3778
 sstelick@illuminariallc.com
Business Contact
 Scott Stelick
Title: Director of Research
Phone: (607) 592-3778
Email: sstelick@illuminariallc.com
Research Institution
 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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