Optimized Electrodes for Low-Loss On-Chip Microwave Devices

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0075
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4138
Amount: $749,172.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09A-T015
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
300 C M Allen Highway, Suite 100, San Marcos, TX, 78666-
DUNS: 829290159
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Colin Wood
 Principle Scientist
 (410) 798-6106
 woodc@usferroics.com
Business Contact
 Ravi Droopad
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (602) 763-1058
Email: droopadr@usferroics.com
Research Institution
 Colorado State University
 Vincent Bogdanski
 601 Howes Street
Room 408
Fort Collins, CO, 80523-2002
 (970) 491-5574
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The goal of this program is to develop a new sandwich electrode technology for low-loss microwave devices. The electrode consists of a thick high-conductivity layer sandwiched between two high-stability oxidization resistant thin cladding layers. The thick layer ensures low electrode resistance loss and limits radiation of energy from device to the substrate. The thin cladding layers protect the thick layer from diffusion and oxidization during device oxide deposition on the electrode and enable high-quality active layer deposition. We have clearly demonstrated the general feasibility of such a sandwich electrode approach. Our goal in Phase II is to optimize and document a sandwich electrode technology for ferroelectric and ferromagnetic microwave devices as test vehicles for sandwich electrodes. The results from this Phase II program will provide a solid foundation for Phase III commercialization.

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