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Axial Gradient Index (GRIN) Microlenses for Tunable Wavelength Division Multiplexer with Surface-normal Packaging Configuration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG60-98-C-0062
Agency Tracking Number: 96BMD031T
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2001
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
9430 Research Blvd., Suite IV305, Austin, TX, 78759
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Suning Tang, PhD
 (512) 338-4670
Business Contact
 Clara Chen
Phone: (512) 338-4161
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF TEXAS, AUSTIN
 Ray T Chen
 Microelectronics Research Center Dept.
Austin, TX, 78712
 (512) 471-7035
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Conventional wave division (de)multiplexers (WD(DM)Ms) fail to provide a universal design enabling the coverage of the large dynamic range of wavelength separations which vary from sub-nm to 30 nm. The packaging designs affiliated with such WD(D)Ms alsomake the systems vulnerable in harsh environments. In this program, Radiant Research, Inc. (RRI), in collaboration with the University of Texas and Lightpath, Inc., proposes a drastically new surface-normal WD(D)M configuration with a wavelengthadustability covering all the existing wavelength separations. The surface-normal configuration not only makes the packaging more robust but also provides integration compatibility with vertical cavity surface emitting laser arrays from which discretewavelengths are launched. The availability of the unique axial graded index (AGRIN) lenses from Lightpath provides us with unsurpassed collimating and focusing capabilities that make both WDM and WDDM devices much more when dense WDMs requiring sub-nmwavelength separations are needed. Such an imaging accuracy can only be realized using the AGRIN lenses developed by Lightpath. We will develop an 8-channel fully packaged WD(D)M with bi-directional interconnection capability. The design will allow forwavelength coverage from 600 nm to 1.55 um. Finally, the Lightpath-led business development team has a well-planned commercialization plan with an initial committed investment of $2,250,000 from private investors, which represents a matching contributionof over 3 to 1. Successful post-phase-II business development is expected.

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