STTR Phase I: Low Voltage Ultrafast Traveling Wave Modulator

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0450509
Agency Tracking Number: 0320135
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: EL
Solicitation Number: NSF 02-056
Small Business Information
Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI)
201 Circle Drive, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nick Sbrockey
 (732) 302-9274
Business Contact
 Gary Tompa
Phone: (732) 302-9274
Research Institution
 Univ. WI-Madison
 Leon McCaughan
 1415 Johnson Drive
Madison, WI, 53706
 (608) 262-0311
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II research project will develop compact, high-speed, low-voltage waveguide modulator devices, with capabilities well beyond those presently available. The enabling technology for these devices is a patented process for deposition and patterning of single-crystal lithium niobate (LiNbO3) thin films. This technology will be refined with particular emphasis on improving manufacturability and reducing production costs, by working closely with manufacturers of commercial telecommunications components. Fiber optic networks are being implemented in industry, defense and domestic and international telecommunications. Traveling wave modulators are a key component in these networks. This project will enable new products that will add increased speed, capacity and flexibility to growing optical communications networks. In the longer term, this technology could also be applied to a variety of other devices based on single crystal films of a non-linear electro-optical material such as LiNbO3.

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