CMOS Compatible Active Silicon Nanophotonic Devices and Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0097
Agency Tracking Number: F045-013-0141
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-T013
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Suite 102/103, 201 Circle Drive North, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
DUNS: 787144807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brent Hoerman
 (732) 302-9274
Business Contact
 Gary Tompa
Title: President
Phone: (732) 302-9274
Research Institution
 Cornell University
 Daniel B Whitaker
 Office of Sponsored Programs, 102 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY, 14853
 (607) 255-5014
 Nonprofit college or university
In this STTR effort, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI), in collaboration with our academic and industrial partners will design, develop, and demonstrate a more efficient and compact, silicon-based electro-optic modulator based on nanoscale photonic structures that is completely compatible with standard CMOS processing. The structures developed will form the building blocks for a family of devices based on active silicon nanophotonics which will open the door to a new technology free from conventional microelectronics limitations, providing low power, high bandwidth, high speed and ultra-small optoelectronic components. Moreover, the active silicon nanophotonic devices to be developed will benefit from the inherent infrastructure and cost benefits of the existing CMOS manufacturing infrastructure. In Phase I of this project, we propose to expand preliminary results on specific electro-optic devices to address a more general class of devices and their integration on a silicon chip within a commercially manufacturable infrastructure. To this end, we will design, develop, and demonstrate devices for analysis and feasibility studies. In Phase II we will complete development of the devices and finalize a route for integrating passive and active components into complex, electro-optical systems on a single silicon chip within a commercial CMOS foundry.

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