Integrated Optical Thresholder Function for Use in Optical Analog to Digital Converters (OADCs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-1325
Agency Tracking Number: F112-149-1170
Amount: $149,676.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF112-149
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
130 Robin Hill Road, #300, Goleta, CA, -
DUNS: 806844994
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Greg Fish
 VP of Research
 (805) 683-0425
Business Contact
 Eric Hall
Title: VP of Business Development
Phone: (805) 895-4604
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Aurrion and Lockheed Martin will create an optical thresholding component that can be monolithically integrated in a silicon-substrate-based photonic integrated circuit (PIC) platform. The ultimate goal is to realize PICs that can contain these nonlinear components in the same chip with other active (e.g. lasers, modulators, detectors) and passive (e.g. filters, delay lines, routing waveguides) components. The key innovations are in the concepts to enable the nonlinear effects on the established III-V-Silicon heterogeneous integration platform. BENEFIT: Aurrion will work with Lockheed Martin to demonstrate an all optical thresholder device using integrated silicon photonics. These components could be integrated with other optical components on a single platform to create fast, low power, compact and environmentally robust Optical Analog to Digital Converters (OADCs), an enabling technology for a scalable optical sensor network.

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