Perfluorocyclobutyl (PFCB) Polymers for High Speed Electronically Tunable Fiber-Optic Filter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-M-0264
Agency Tracking Number: N054-007-0288
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: N05-T007
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
TETRAMER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
657 S. Mechanic Street, Pendleton, SC, 29670
Duns: 112087726
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Earl Wagener
 CEO
 (864) 653-4339
 ewagener@bellsouth.net
Business Contact
 Earl Wagener
Title: CEO
Phone: (864) 653-4339
Email: ewagener@bellsouth.net
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF ALABAMA AT HUNTSVILLE
 Gregory P Nordin
 Electrical and Computer Eng., Nano and Micro Devices Center
Huntsville, AL, 35899
 (256) 824-2898
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Phase I STTR proposal will combine commercial optical polymer technology from Tetramer Technologies, L.L.C. (Tetramer) and state of electro-optic chromophore advances, with Prof. Greg Nordin at the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) and their expertise in design and fabrication of initial prototypes of compact electronically tunable fiber-optic filters. Tetramer, Clemson, and UAH researchers have enjoyed a rich and fruitful collaboration since 2001 through multi-collaborative academic programs primarily sponsored by DARPA. Novel electro-optic (EO) PFCB copolymers are unique for their low loss, tunable optical and thermal properties, and unmatched solution or solventless processability, which make them suitable for ultra fast optical filters. Specifically, the ultimate target for Phase I combined with Phase II will be the development and fabrication of optical fiber compatible tunable waveguide filters which can enable the realization of a low loss, selective receiver. During Phase I, prototype devices will be designed and tested in collaboration with the Prof. Greg Nordin at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Following successful fabrication and testing, Tetramer and UAH plan to partner with suitable device manufacturers for commercialization in Phase II.

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