Silicon-Based Photonic Crystal Lasers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0129
Agency Tracking Number: F054-013-0219
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-T013
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1 Chartwell Circle, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545
DUNS: 024491446
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sergei Krivoshlykov
 Chief Scientist
 (508) 845-5349
Business Contact
 Sergei Krivoshlykov
Title: President
Phone: (508) 845-5349
Research Institution
 Donna Galloway
 5th Floor Hylan Building, RC B
Rochester, NY, 14627
 (585) 275-1502
 Nonprofit college or university
ALTAIR Center in cooperation with the University of Rochester proposes to develop the first silicon-based photonic crystal laser diode. The photonic crystal microcavity forms gain region of the laser diode. This enhances the system efficiency. The laser operating either in bandgap edge emitting mode with enhanced density of states or using defect mode in the photonic crystal structure will exhibit dramatically reduced threshold and improved beam quality. In our previous research projects we already fabricated a model Er-doped silicon-based one-dimensional photonic crystal with the defect mode. We also experimentally demonstrated luminescence enhancement and narrowing of the emission linewidth. Capitalizing on the developed technologies and combining expertise of our teams will ensure successful development of a prototype silicon-based photonic crystal laser for both military and commercial applications. In Phase I of this Project, we will perform numerical simulations, analysis, and design of the proposed silicon-based photonic crystal laser diode, fabricate the photonic crystal microstructures and characterize their luminescence under optical pump. In Phase II, the developed technology will be completely optimized and applied to fabrication of an electrically pumped prototype silicon-based photonic crystal laser diode.

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