ULTRA-LINEAR ELECTRO-OPTIC DIRECTIONAL COUPLER BASED ON HYBRID SOL-GEL/EO POLYIMIDE WAVEGUIDES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-07-C-0267
Agency Tracking Number: 06SB2-0334
Amount: $1,550,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB062-016
Solitcitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
TIPD, L.L.C.
5507 N. Paseo ventoso, Tucson, AZ, 85750
Duns: 601990778
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pavel Polynkin
 Director of Engineering
 (520) 405-3767
 polynkin@tipdllc.com
Business Contact
 Nasser Peyghambarian
Title: President
Phone: (520) 465-5081
Email: peyghambarian@npphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The phase 2 program will be focused on (1) Optimization of the design of the ultra-linear directional coupler, (2) fabrication of hybrid ultralinear directional coupler modulator chip, (3) demonstration of the increase of the elctro-optic coefficient to more than 300 pm/V and reduction of the drive voltage to less than 1 V, (3) achieve an effective optical loss of less than 1.5 dB/cm in the active region of the device and devise strategies to reduce the total insertion loss to 5 dB, (4) design of RF electrodes and termination, (5) fabrication of packaged ultra-linear hybrid sol-gel/EO polymer directional coupler modulators, (6)Performance testing including drive voltage, insertion loss, contrast, bandwidth, linearity, optical power handling, and drift; for example, demonstrate a 2x decrease in the dc drift over state-of-the-art LiNbO3 optical modulators and switches (7) reliability testing including temperature and humidity cycling, thermal shock, high temperature and low temperature storage, and photochemical stability.

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