NASA STTR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 T8.02-9806
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Photonic Integrated Circuits
PROPOSAL TITLE: Thin Film Lithium Niobate Microring Modulators for Analog Photonics

NAME: PARTOW TECHNOLOGIES LLC NAME: University of Central Florida
STREET: 4304 Scorpius Street STREET: 4000 Central Florida Boulevard
CITY: Orlando CITY: Orlando
STATE/ZIP: FL  32816 - 3281 STATE/ZIP: FL  32816 - 2700
PHONE: (407) 823-2417 PHONE: (407) 823-3031

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Payam Rabiei
4304 Scorpius St
Orlando, FL 32816 - 8035
(407) 823-2417

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Payam Rabiei
4304 Scorpius St
Orlando, FL 32816 - 3281
(407) 823-2417

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Photonic Integrated Circuits is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Lithium niobate (LiNbO3) has been long regarded as the most attractive material for electro-optic modulation for high-performance optical communication systems of up to 100 GHz, as well as for its superior second-order optical non-linearity. The weakly confined LiNbO3 waveguides formed by diffusion or implantation of dopants do not lend themselves to high-level chip integration. One key novel technology proposed here, and supported by preliminary results, is developing submicron LiNbO3 films on silicon substrates using ion implantation, surface activation and wafer bonding. The technology allows to make optical waveguides with high index-contrast of ~2.2/1.5. To avoid direct etching of the hard LiNbO3 material, a loaded ridge waveguide formation is proposed. Based on these two technologies, LiNbO3 microring modulators with wide modulation bandwidth and compact size are proposed for analog photonics applications. The modulators can achieve good linearity, high power and wide modulation bandwidth simultaneously and have a very small size.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Optical modulators are needed for various NASA communication and sensing systems. Data communication system need optical intensity and phase modulators. Advance modulation formats, such as quadrature amplitude modulation, need complicated cascaded optical circuits that are feasible using proposed technology. Navigation sensors for space applications and avionic applications need optical modulators. NASA's nanometer accuracy absolute ranging ongoing and future programs with applications in meteorology of deployable optical structures needs optical modulators. Numerous other optical sensor systems also require optical modulators for various NASA missions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Partow Technologies modulators offer reduced size, low power and low weight with significantly improved performance. We anticipate that many different government agencies will need the devices that are produced by our company. These applications include communication and sensing applications from various Department of Defense agencies, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and other federal government agencies. We will pursue commercialization through SBIR as well as direct sale to these agencies and departments. In addition, there are numerous commercial applications for optical modulators. Telecommunication market is the largest market for these devices. Various aviation sensors such as optical gyroscope also need optical modulators. Partow Technologies will seek customers in these markets as well as the government applications.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Fiber (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Photonics)
Materials & Structures (including Optoelectronics)
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Waveguides/Optical Fiber (see also Optics)

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