Polymer Based Photonics for Space Environment Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$74,776.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F29601-03-M-0111
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1480
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
INTERNATIONAL PHOTONICS CONSULTANTS, INC
30 Tierra Monte NE, Albuquerque,, NM, 87122
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
839844938
Principal Investigator:
Edward Taylor
Senior Research Physicist
(505) 797-4799
INTPHOTON@AOL.COM
Business Contact:
L. Taylor
President
(505) 797-4799
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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