Silicon-Based Nanomembrane Photonic and Electronic Components

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,985.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-10-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number:
F08B-T08-0177
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF08-BT08
Solicitation Number:
2008.B
Small Business Information
EM Photonics, Incorporated
51 East Main Street, Suite 203, Newark, DE, 19711
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
071744143
Principal Investigator:
Ahmed Sharkawy
Director of Photonic Applications
(302) 456-9003
sharkawy@emphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Eric Kelmelis
CEO
(302) 456-9003
kelmelis@emphotonics.com
Research Institution:
University of Delaware
Dennis Prather
140 Evans Hall
Newark, DE, 19716
(302) 831-8170
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This proposal deals with advanced design architectures for realizing silicon-based reconfigurable and stackable photonic analog signal processing engines supported on flexible or flat substrates using crystalline Si-based nanomembrane technology. Silicon nanomembranes are single crystals of Si that have been released from SOI substrates and redeposited on foreign flexible or flat substrates enabling the best features of different materials. Although they are in fact single crystals and posses the electronic properties of bulk silicon, they are flexible, deformable, and conformable. Fabrication of 3D structures is also possible by multiple transfers and stacking of nanomembranes opening a wide variety of possible device designs and applications. We propose reconfigurable, stackable, nanophotonic silicon based optical processing units that can be fabricated with silicon nanomembrane technology along with the necessary optical routing network architectures. Unit cell arrays will perform basic optical processing functionalities including filtering, switching, modulation and sensing and flat or flexible foreign substrates. BENEFIT: Signal filtering, multi-Gbit/s A/D converters, frequency converters and mixers, signal correlators, and beam formers for phased arrays, modulator, sensor, switches, low loss dielectric waveguides, flexible intelligent photonics, adaptive frequency selective photonics components

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