STTR Phase I: Innovative Smart-Cut Approach for Producing High Efficiency Optical Waveguide Devices

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0740269
Agency Tracking Number: 0740269
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: EL
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
2724 SAWBURY BLVD, COLUMBUS, OH, 43235
DUNS: 609463302
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Vincent Stenger
 PhD
 (614) 799-0664
 vestenger@srico.com
Business Contact
 Vincent Stenger
Title: PhD
Phone: (614) 799-0664
Email: vestenger@srico.com
Research Institution
 University of California-Los Angeles
 Mark S Goorsky
 10920 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90024
 (310) 206-0267
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I research project incorporates the emerging Smart-Cut technology to produce large optical index contrast lithium niobate waveguides on silicon substrates. Nonlinear optical operations that previously required optical switching power in the kilowatt range for bulk device form would require only tens of milliwatts using these innovative high contrast optical waveguide devices. Compact, efficient, and cost effective optical signal processing functions would be possible using nonlinear optical periodically poled and micro-ring resonator type device structures. The proposed lithium niobate on silicon platform would enable integration of all-optical, electro-optic, and electronic functions. A high contrast optical waveguide approach would make dense and monolithic all-optical circuits practical. This enabling technology has broad impact for other materials systems used for optical chip products. Several key technologies developed under this program are useful for applications in a variety of industries, both defense and civilian. The proposed innovative smart-cut method will enable the development of unique modulator, switch, micro-ring optical filters, and nonlinear optical device products with extremely good competitive advantage compared to other optical products on the market. Lithium niobate-on-silicon optical waveguide devices would have great potential for civilian communications systems, as the quest for reliable, high-speed, low-cost, transmission and truly all-optical switching continues to be aggressively pursued by the telecommunications industry.

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