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Chip-to-Chip Optical Interconnects Using Integrated Photonic Crystal Lightwave Circuits

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0044
Agency Tracking Number: F033-0322
Amount: $742,567.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03T021
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-04-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-04-15
Small Business Information
PO Box 10779, Zephyr Cove, NV, 89448
DUNS: 161162896
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Julien Cheng
 V.P. of Engineering
 (775) 588-4176
Business Contact
 Peter Guilfoyle
Title: CEO
Phone: (775) 588-4176
Research Institution
 Axel Scherer
 1200 E California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA, 91125
 (626) 395-4691
 Nonprofit college or university
The goal of this Phase II STTR program is to develop photonic crystal (PC) technologies which can enable photonic lightwave circuits (PLC¡¦s) that are monolithically integrable with optoelectronic devices and wafers, thereby providing a new technology platform for the heterogeneous integration of photonic and optoelectronic functions. This can significantly increase the density of lightwave circuits, while minimizing intermediate hybrid optical packaging to result in highly compact and more reliable optical subsystem modules. Using a PC-based lightwave circuit in combination with OCC¡¦s optoelectronic switching devices can lead to the future realization of highly-integrated, high density optical interconnects for applications in mƒ{-satellite space platforms and in unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV), where compactness, light weight, small size and reliability are all enhanced by multi-functional integration at the chip or wafer-level. Coherent PC-based devices can perform novel optical functions such as self-modulation, optical clock generation and distribution, optical logic and optical storage, which will be investigated under this Phase II STTR program. OCC has had extensive experience in developing advanced high performance optical interconnects for military applications, and has wide-ranging expertise in system architecture, epi-material growth and optoelectronic device technology. OCC¡¦s partner in this effort is Professor Axel Scherer at the Califoria Institute of Technology, who brings expertise in photonic crystal design, fabrication, and characterization to this joint effort.

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