Integrated Waveguide Recuperative Optical Isolators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0239
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0391
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: SB072-024
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
201 Circle Drive North, Unit # 102, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
DUNS: 787144807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Willner
 Senior Engineer
 (732) 302-9274
 bwillner@structuredmaterials.com
Business Contact
 Gary Tompa
Title: President
Phone: (732) 302-9274
Email: gstompa@structuredmaterials.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Structured Materials Industries, Inc. (SMI) and the Cornell Nanophotonics Group propose to develop and commercialize a new form of optical isolator which can be incorporated into integrated photonics platforms. The Recuperative Optical Isolator is of a completely new design based upon waveguide birefringence allows directionally dependent scattering, optical properties not previously used for optical isolation. Our design takes advantage of the effects of waveguide birefringence for semiconductor optical waveguides, and does not require exotic materials with strong magneto-optical properties. The recuperative optical isolator can be fabricated using standard semiconductor fabrication materials and processes. SMI proposes developing this isolator and implementing it on our silicon CMOS-compatible integrated photonics platform currently under development. In Phase I of the program we will model and refine the isolator design and in Phase II the isolator will be fabricated at a commercial CMOS foundry.

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