Ultra-Fast 3 Terminal VCSEL (U-VCSEL)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,958.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-07-C-0260
Agency Tracking Number:
07ST1-0093
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
ST071-008
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ZIVA CORP.
6160 Lusk Blvd, C-206, San Diego, CA, 92121
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
118614556
Principal Investigator:
Anis Husain
CEO
(858) 509-2836
ahusain@ziva-corp.com
Business Contact:
Marianne Knight
Offcie Manager
(858) 550-0596
mknight@ziva-corp.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA
Larry Coldren
Dept of Electrical & Computer
Suite 3205 Eng. Science Bldg.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93106-9560
(805) 893-4486
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Ziva Corporation in collaboration with UCSB will conduct feasibility study for the concept design of a directly modulated laser with capability of modulation of >40GHz with power dissipation <2mW, with optical output power of ~.5 mW. Our approach is to exploit a three terminal VCSEL structure where the third terminal modulates the optical gain by means of current steering while maintaining the lasing pump current constant. Maintaining the pump current constant during modulation eliminates conventional limits imposed on directly modulated VCSEL speeds and promises to achieve ultra-high speed VCSELs approaching the intrinsic bandwidth ~90 Ghz (fmax) of VCSELs or ~180Gbps. By using a third terminal, the requirements for efficient lasing can be in principle decoupled from requirements imposed by fast modulation (e.g. relaxing modal volume/RC time constant tradeoff). This will be a major breakthrough in the ability to cost effectively directly modulate lasers (even in 2-D arrays) at speeds that have hitherto been only possible by using expensive, bulky and lossy external modulators. The approach is extendable to

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