Front End Opto-Electronics for Future Radio Communications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0082
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
08ST1-0215
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
ST081-013
Solicitation Number:
2008.A
Small Business Information
6457 Howard Street, Niles, IL, 60714
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
135553472
Principal Investigator:
Noren Pan
President
(847) 588-3001
npan@mldevices.com
Business Contact:
Noren Pan
President
(847) 588-3001
noren_pan@mindspring.com
Research Institution:
U of Notre Dame
Shohn Turner
511 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN, 46556-
(574) 631-1085
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The innovation in this Phase II SBIR program is the development of a unique process technology that will enable the realization of a high current InP based photodetector capable of operating at increased optical power densities and with improved reliability. The process technology is an epitaxial lift-off (ELO) process in which the epitaxial material is completely removed from the InP substrate on which it is grown. The costly substrate is left intact after ELO and can be reused for additional growths, which provides a pathway to lower cost devices. The ELO process can also provide significant improvements in the thermal impedance of the high current photodetector since the substrate is completely eliminated and the remaining photodetector active material can be bonded onto a high thermal conductivity material for efficient heat removal. Alternatively, the active material can be bonded to a flexible plastic material to permit further integration with a conformal patch antenna. Materials of interest for patch antennas include flexible plastics such as Mylar.

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