Waveguide coupled high speed plasmon optical modulator

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,989.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-04-C-0111
Award Id:
67935
Agency Tracking Number:
F045-013-0114
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
8130 Shaffer Pkwy, Littleton, CO, 80127
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
040245305
Principal Investigator:
Russell Hollingsworth
senior scientist
(303) 285-5154
rhollingsworth@itnes.com
Business Contact:
Janet Casteel
Director Business Relations
(303) 285-5111
jcasteel@itnes.com
Research Institution:
Colorado School of Mines
Robert G Moore
1500 Illinois
Golden, CO, 80401
(303) 273-3240
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Silicon is the dominant material for electronic devices, but basic material properties have limited its use for optical devices. Passive components such as waveguides, splitters and multiplexers have been demonstrated on silicon wafers. Most active photonic devices have been made with materials such as gallium arsenide that cannot be grown directly on silicon electronics. The development of active optical elements on silicon will enable the large scale integration of optics and electronics directly on a single silicon chip. This can revolutionize many fields, including data communications, telecommunications, optical computing and sensing. This STTR phase I contract will develop novel CMOS compatible high speed optical modulators for communication band wavelengths based on long range plasmon waveguides as well as plasmon modulators coupled to conventional dielectric waveguides. The modulators will be a factor of ten smaller than competing technologies.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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