High Speed E-O Polymer Photonic Devices by Nickel Template Replication with Transferred Traveling Wave Electrode

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: D11PC20092
Agency Tracking Number: 10SB3-0064
Amount: $98,907.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: SB103-004
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
Omega Optics, Inc.
10306 Sausalito Dr, Austin, TX, -
DUNS: 102861262
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alan Wang
 Chief Research Scientist
 (512) 996-8833
Business Contact
 Ray Chen
Title: Chair and Founder
Phone: (512) 825-4480
Email: ray.chen@omegaoptics.com
Research Institution
In this program, Omega Optics and the University of Texas at Austin propose to develop a cost effective UV imprinting technology using high quality metallic mold by directly electroplating nickel over photoresist patterns on transparent quartz substrate. Unlike any existing nano-imprinting technology which requires ion etching to transfer patterns into substrate, we can directly replicate template patterns into the bottom cladding through a low pressure UV imprinting process operated at room temperature. Additionally, we invent a new concept of molding-and-wire-transferring for the traveling wave electrodes. Instead of electroplating amorphous metal electrode, we transfer bulky gold wires with much better conductivity to the predefined position formed by metallic molding as well. Therefore it can achieve more than 60GHz bandwidth due to the low resistance traveling wave electrode. Given advantages of the high quality metallic template and the energy efficient imprinting fabrication, this project is expected to reduce fabrication cost for polymer photonic devices with improved performances. In the phase I program, we anticipate to demonstrating the feasibility of using nickel template based UV imprinting technology for the fabrication of polymer photonic devices. These devices are expected to show lower optical insertion loss and higher bandwidth compared with conventional photolithography and ion etched devices.

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