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NONLINEAR POLYMER ETALON FOR HIGH RESOLUTION OPTICAL COMPUTING

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
13155
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
13155
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Technologies/Laboratories Intl
Advanced Technologies/Lab Intl 20010 Century Blvd, Ste 500 Germantown, MD 20874 0111
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: NONLINEAR POLYMER ETALON FOR HIGH RESOLUTION OPTICAL COMPUTING
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $62,165.00
 

Abstract:

THE USE OF OPTICAL SYSTEMS IN HIGH SPEED SIGNAL PROCESSING APPLICATIONS IS DESTINED BECAUSE OF THE OVERWHELMING ADVANTAGES OF PARALLEL DATA TRANSMISSION. MANY APPLICATIONS REQUIRE NONLINEAR TRANSFORMATIONS TO BE PERFORMED IN PARALLEL AT HIGH SPEED AND RESOLUTION. THE USE OF ORGANIC MATERIALS WITH LARGE OPTICAL NONLINEARITIES IS PARTICULARLY ATTRACTIVE BECAUSE OF THEIR FAST RESPONSE, BROADBAND TRANSPARENCY IN THE NEAR INFRARED AND THE COMPATIBILITY WITH SI VLSI FABRICATION TECHNOLOGY. HOWEVER, HIGH SPATIAL RESOLUTION IS IMPOSSIBLE IF WAVEGUIDES ARE USED TO ACHIEVE THE REQUIRED OPTICAL THICKNESS. IN CONTRAST, HIGH LEVELS OF INTEGRATION CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH LIGHT AT NORMAL INCIDENCE IF HIGH FINESSE RESONATORS FILLED WITH NONLINER POLYMERS CAN BE DEVELOPED. THIS DEVICE STRUCTURE GIVES SUFFICIENT ENHANCEMENT OF THE OPTICAL FIELDS INSIDE THE NONLINEAR CAVITY TO ACHIEVE SUFFICIENT OPTICAL THICKNESS WITH 2 MICROMETER POLYMER FILMS. THE OBJECT OF PHASE I IS TO FABRICATE NOVEL, INTEGRATED, THIN-FILM, NONLINEAR FABRY-PEROT ETALONS WHICH DISPLAY NONLINEAR TRANSMITTANCE CHARACTERISTICS AT MW POWER LEVELS. PHASE II WILL FOCUS ON REFINING THE ETALON DESIGN TO OBTAIN QUANTITATIVE AGREEMENT WITH DESIRED LOGARITHMIC RESPONSE AND EXTENDING THE FABRICATION TECHNOLOGY TO PERMIT THE LARGE SCALE INTEGRATION OF THE DISCRETE DEVICES.

Principal Investigator:

Peter Vanbuskirk
2033552681

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Technology Materials
520-b Danbury Rd New Milford, CT 06776

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No