Laser Processing Fabrication Technology from Nano to Micro Scales for Polymer Photonics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: D11PC20094
Agency Tracking Number: 10SB3-0053
Amount: $98,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB103-004
Solitcitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
AppliFlex LLC
PO Box 159293, Nashville, TN, -
Duns: 610562022
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hee Park
 VP of Engineering
 (408) 386-1980
 hkpark@appliflex.com
Business Contact
 Jacob George
Title: CEO
Phone: (401) 835-3157
Email: jacobg@appliflex.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
This project proposes to develop versatile, lithography-free technology for fabricating high-performance polymer photonic devices. This innovation utilizes laser processing to achieve low-cost, simplified production method without compromising the performance necessary for high-speed optical telecommunication devices. The proposed approach is a (a) flexible fabrication platform spanning from nano to macro scales without retooling of complex equipment, (b) non-contact method, free from parasitic effects of mold contact, (c) ambient processing technique, scalable to large-area process, and (d) digital, on-demand, agile manufacturing technique. Laser patterning and annealing can modify and improve the photonic polymer structures and properties, thus enabling the high performance device characteristics without large transmission loss due to scattering. The proposed approach provides streamlined, scalable, direct-write manufacturing protocols for flexible polymer photonic devices compared to the traditional photolithography and ion etching.

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