STTR Phase I: Compact Semiconductor Ring Resonator Lasers

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0740999
Agency Tracking Number:
0740999
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
VEGA WAVE SYSTEMS, INC.
1275 W. ROOSEVELT RD STE 104, WEST CHICAGO, IL, 60185
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101351505
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Whisnant
MS
(630) 562-9433
jwhisnant@vegawave.com
Business Contact:
Jeffrey Whisnant
MS
(630) 562-9433
jwhisnant@vegawave.com
Research Institution:
University of Notre Dame du Lac
Michael T. Edwards
511 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN, 46556
(574) 631-5000
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I research project will develop ultra low-loss, curved geometry compound semiconductor optical waveguides. It will investigate the feasibility of realizing compact semiconductor optical waveguide bends and ring resonators for improved light management in low-cost compact single-facet lasers capable of low threshold, high output power, and tunable single-frequency operation. This will enable the uniform oxidation of sidewalls in deeply etched high-index-contrast ridge-waveguides. The process simultaneously reduces sidewall roughness, remediates etch damage, provides excellent surface passivation, and creates a high confinement structure enabling efficient laser operation within low-loss, tightly-curved waveguides. This effort will accelerate the commercialization of new innovations for manipulating and managing photons in semiconductor optical waveguides and resonators, and promote more rapid and widespread deployment of high-bandwidth optical communication networks in local and metro area settings. In addition, the proposed compact ring resonator technology will make possible advanced integration of components for wavelength division multiplexed fiber optic networks that are not practical with the current state-of-the-art, bringing new concepts for high efficiency and high bandwidth all-optical routing to both metro and long-haul telecommunications markets.

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