02-211A-Optical Materials: Polymer Photonic Claddings by Electrostatic Self-Assembly

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,999.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DASG60-02-P-0185
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award Year:
2002
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0710
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Nanosonic, Inc.
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator
 Mike Vercellino
 Research Scientist
 (540) 953-1785
 mikev@nanosonic.com
Business Contact
 Richard Claus
Title: President
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Email: roclaus@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The proposed BMDO SBIR program would develop polymer-based optical cladding materials and device structures for use in high-speed optical communication systems. NanoSonic Inc. would work with a major research university and a company involved in thedevelopment and evaluation of advanced electro-optic devices. During Phase I, our team would design and synthesize required polymer and other molecules, form these precursors into candidate electro-optic waveguide claddings by electrostatic self-assembly(ESA) processing, and evaluate resulting dielectric and conductive properties, core-cladding waveguide losses, environmental stability and other properties. The ESA process consists of the alternate adsorption of oppositely-charged molecules ontosubstrates to form multilayered coatings. Prior NanoSonic research has demonstrated that ESA processing leads to the formation of noncentrosymmetric materials without the need for electric field poling. The proposed new and separate work would approachESA synthesis using a different strategy, involving a different molecular-level design approach to control cladding conductivity and index while retaining other desired properties. Increased cladding conductivity would result in decreased modulationvoltage losses in the cladding material, and lower half-wave voltage requirements for electro-optic modulators.. Extensive facilities for design, processing and evaluation of molecular precursors, ESA

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