Polymer Based Photonics for Space Environment Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F29601-03-M-0111
Agency Tracking Number: F031-1480
Amount: $74,776.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
30 Tierra Monte NE, Albuquerque,, NM, 87122
DUNS: 839844938
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Taylor
 Senior Research Physicist
 (505) 797-4799
 INTPHOTON@AOL.COM
Business Contact
 L. Taylor
Title: President
Phone: (505) 797-4799
Email: INTPHOTON@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Polymer Based Photonics for Space Environment ApplicationsEconomical and efficient polymer based photonic (PBP) components such as high bandwidth electro-optic (EO) modulators are required for implementation in next generation high performance sateliites, including small-nano satellites. Satellite systems such assensors, fiber optic data buses, intra satellite links, navigation, tracking and targeting will benefit from using hardened integrated polymer circuits. This Phase I proposal will demonstrate a feasibility concept using electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) tofabricate intrinsically poled and stable EO polymer modulators that can survive in space environments. The Phase I results will be transitioned into a Phase II effort to fabricate unique and advanced radiation resistant, multi-component, integrated opticpolymer circuitry demonstating high bandwidths, low V-pi, low power requirements,low scattering and propagation losses and stability under elevated temperatures. Intrinsically poled NLO polymer materials fabricated by ESA avoids degradation that can beintroduced via electric field poled-high temperature processing of polymers. The ESA approach constrains processing complexity and cost while facilitating simple large scale component integration of photonic circuits.

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