Waveguide coupled high speed plasmon optical modulator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0111
Agency Tracking Number: F045-013-0114
Amount: $99,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-T013
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
8130 Shaffer Pkwy, Littleton, CO, 80127
DUNS: 040245305
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell Hollingsworth
 senior scientist
 (303) 285-5154
Business Contact
 Janet Casteel
Title: Director Business Relations
Phone: (303) 285-5111
Email: jcasteel@itnes.com
Research Institution
 Colorado School of Mines
 Robert G Moore
 1500 Illinois
Golden, CO, 80401
 (303) 273-3240
 Nonprofit college or university
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.

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