OPTOFLUIDIC WAVEGUIDES FOR RECONFIGURABLE PHOTONIC SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9550-10-C-0048
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-024-0128
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF08-T024
Solicitation Number:
2008.A
Small Business Information
117 Devlen Road, Groton, NY, 13073-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145383514
Principal Investigator:
ScottStelick
(607) 592-3778
sstelick@illuminariallc.com
Business Contact:
ScottStelick
Director
(607) 592-3778
sstelick@illuminariallc.com
Research Institute:
Cornell University
Erickson
2540 Dole Street
Hall 402
Honolulu, HI, 96822-
(607) 255-4861

Abstract
In this Phase I STTR, Illuminaria, in collaboration with Professor Erickson"s Laboratory at Cornell University, designed and developed a practical liquid based reconfigurable photonic device photonic switch using low voltage microfluidic pumps and microfabricated optofluidic waveguides. Briefly, the basic element of this approach comprises a stream of high index of refraction liquid (core) microfluidically focused down to a narrow stream between two lower index of refraction liquids (cladding). When light is coupled into the system it remains confined within the liquid core through total internal reflection. Once confined, the light can be indiscriminately manipulated by adjusting the flow rates of the cladding streams resulting in an infinitely reconfigurable independent of the underlying optical structure. BENEFIT: Illuminaria and Cornell University are poised to leverage the results of our Phase I accomplishments in the successful development of a Phase II optofluidic switch to be commercialized in the Phase III work. We are collaborating with Dr. Anguel Nikolov from PhotonIC Corporation (Los Angeles, CA) and Paul Tolley from the Infotonics Technology center on the commercialization of this technology. The overall goal of the Phase II technical objectives is to increase the commercial viability of the technique. The optofluidic switches would have numerous commercial applications which include secure optical communications, isolated power solutions for defense and security systems, configurable optical add/drop multiplexing, protection switching and network monitoring.

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