NonLinear Optical (NLO) Materials and Device Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 40216
Amount: $99,814.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1324 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, OH, 45432
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Som Soni
 () -
Business Contact
 John Skidmore
Phone: () -
Research Institution
 University of Dayton
 Robert P. Boehmer 
 300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469
 Nonprofit college or university
This Phase I effort is to synthesize and develop material processing systems that possess the mechanical properties, and processing characteristic for use in flexible electronic and photonic devices. We will demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating in this effort to optimize the modulator/switch and investigate ways to render it manufacturable and multichip module packagable. This would include identifying or synthesizing an optimum conductive polymer. Devices would include mach Zehnder interferometers and directional couplers. Explore schemes to couple the light from the NLO polymer section into the passive polymer section used for the general routing of the signal. Also study the triple stack properties and determine maximum modulation rate. The conductivities of the conductive polymer layers and NLO polymer layer between the metal electrodes may behave like three capacitors in series, limiting the modulation rate. This needs to be quantified for a practical device. The detailed processing procedures, testing results, analysis of data for nonlinear optical (NLO) polymer opto-electronic (OE) modulator/switch and the future prototype development of directional waveguides, splitters, decouplers, and Mach Zehnder modulators under the follow-on STTR Phase II program. This will include a feasibility road map. to reach the NLO Polymer material goals for the USAF.

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