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
Amount:
$1,550,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-07-C-0267
Agency Tracking Number:
06SB2-0334
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB062-016
Solicitation Number:
2006.2
Small Business Information
TIPD, L.L.C.
5507 N. Paseo ventoso, Tucson, AZ, 85750
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
601990778
Principal Investigator:
Pavel Polynkin
Director of Engineering
(520) 405-3767
polynkin@tipdllc.com
Business Contact:
Nasser Peyghambarian
President
(520) 465-5081
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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