Flexible Micro- and Nano-Patterning Tools for Photonics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-11-C-0039
Agency Tracking Number: O10B-006-1011
Amount: $99,983.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-T006
Solicitation Number: 2010.B
Small Business Information
Luminit, LLC
1850 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 612439146
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shamim Mirza
 Research Scientist
 (310) 320-1066
 kyu@luminitco.com
Business Contact
 Engin Arik
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (310) 320-1066
Email: sbir@luminitco.com
Research Institution
 University of Michigan
 Glenn Levine
 Wolverine Tower, rm 1062
3003 South State STreet
Ann Arbor,, MI, 48109-1274
 (734) 763-2171
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
To address the OSD needs for low cost, highly flexible micro- and nano-patterning tools, systems, and methods with excellent durability for multilevel nanophotonic devices and/or dense photonic and optoelectronic components, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new computer-controlled Nano-Pattering Tool (NAPA-Tool) to replicate micro- and nano-patterns (sub-100 nm to 100 micron) on both rigid and flexible substrates. This flexible net-shape tooling can be integrated into existing roll-to-roll replication web machines for mass production of photonic devices, with multi-cavities and has controllable surface roughness with very good release properties with a short lead time thereby reducing the manufacturing cost. In Phase I, Luminit will design a NAPA-Tool by replicating micro- and nano-pattern, for example, waveguide structures on both rigid and flexible substrate and testing them for quality of the replication process using the NAPA-Tool, such as morphology and optical transmission. In Phase II, we will optimize the NAPA-Tool, scale-up the fabrication process of metal master, produce prototype samples and perform a cost benefit analysis.

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