New Directions in Nonlinear Materials for Electro-optic Devices

Period of Performance: 08/02/1998 - 08/01/2000

$500K

Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Pacific Wave Industries, Inc.
10911 Weyburn Avenue Ste 222
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Southern California
3720 S. Flower Street, 325
Department of Contracts
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Institution POC

Research Topics

Abstract

The University of Southern California (USC) and Pacific Wave Industries will pursue a systematic attempt at integration of chromophores with large first hyperpolarizabilities into optical quality thin films characterized by optimized electro-optic coefficients. This will be accomplished by the design and synthesis of optic activity due to centric ordering under the influence of London forces. Initial derivatization of chromophores should also improve compatibility with conventional spin casting solvents so that high optical quality films can be achieved by spin casting. Modification of both chromophores and crosslinking reagents will reduce chromophore migration and phase separation under electric field poling and thus should lead to reduced poling-induced optical loss. In this highly interactive program these new materials will be extensively measured for their nonlinearities, optical losses, and thermal properties. The goal will be to define new directions for the next generation of commercial ultrahigh frequency devices.