A Scaleable Method for Fabricating Nonlinear Photonic Crystals

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F49620-02-C-0079
Award Id:
56051
Agency Tracking Number:
F023-0156
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
120 Centennial Ave., Piscataway, NJ, 08854
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
787144807
Principal Investigator:
Catherine Rice
Scientist
(732) 885-5909
crice1@erols.com
Business Contact:
Gary Tompa
President
(732) 885-5909
gstompa@aol.com
Research Institution:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Charles Hoffman
Room 460 Peterson Bldg
Madison, WI, 53706
(608) 262-0252
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The University of Wisconsin has developed an MOCVD process by which micron-scale and nanoscale high contrast (air/LiNbO3) epitaxial film photonic structures can be fabricated. As a consequence of the large index difference, as well as the large secondorder optical nonlinearity of LiNbO3, very compact all-optical and electro-optic devices based on index-confined and photonic bandgap defect waveguides can be realized. These structures will serve as the basis for a new class of truly compactelectro-optic and all-optical devices and circuits. The goal of the first phase of this proposed work is to design and demonstrate a reproducible wafer-scale version of the growth process. The follow-on effort will be dedicated to the design,fabrication, and characterization of several devices, including an ultrafast traveling wave modulator, tunable resonator filter, and an all-optical logic switch. This effort will combine the unique expertise of the group of Dr. Leon McCaughan atUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, discoverer of the technology, Structured Materials Industries, Inc., with extensive knowledge and background in oxide MOCVD processes and equipment, and Pandanus Optical Technologies, for design and fabrication of advancedoptical devices. This proposal is addressed to the expressed Air Force need for advanced nanophotonic devices and technology. Successful completion of this program will enable a breakthrough in device capability and quality for a variety of commercial andmilitary applications, including all-optical logic switches, tunable resonator filters and demultiplexers, and very low voltage traveling wave modulators - all part of a growing >$10B market

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