Photon Tunneling Optical Interconnect

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: DAAH0101CR166
Agency Tracking Number: 01SB1-0107
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
67 East Evelyn Ave., Suite 3, Mountain View, CA, 94041
DUNS: 928805761
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Holler
 Senior Physicist
 (650) 969-6485
Business Contact
 Anthony O'Keefe
Title: President
Phone: (650) 965-7772
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Phase I project seeks to develop an innovative card-to-backplane optical interconnect technology based on photon tunneling. The proposed technology will provide a low-cost, high-efficiency means of directing light from a PCcard to a backplane without bending the photon waveguide.Furthermore, the proposed technology will provide low insertion-loss and high-spectral quality transmission thus allowing the addition of several photonic circuits operating at different wavelengths without significant cross-talk. The result will be ahighly-modular technology that will enable high-quality, high-speed computer networks to be realized.The benefits of the proposed technology fundamentally include high-quality, high-speed optical networks capable of being easily reconfigured. However, theproposed technology also has implications for high-spectral quality filters necessary for wavelength division multiplexing systems as well as, with slight modifications, being adapted as a rapid response chemical and biological sensor.The extent of the proposed technology is quite broad covering applications in telecommunications networks and photonic sensors, environmental and atmospheric monitoring, and medical diagnostics.

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