High-Speed Electronically Tunable Multi Fiber-Optic Wavelength Filter based on Ultra-High-Resolution Super-Compact Grating on Silicon-Photonic Platfor

Period of Performance: 01/27/2014 - 07/27/2015

$500K

Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Optonet
828 Davis St. Suite 206
Evanston, IL 60201
Principal Investigator, Firm POC

Research Institution

Northwestern University
1801 Maple Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Institution POC

Abstract

The proposed project will undertake the research, design, and development of key concepts and technologies for a high-speed electronically tunable channel filter, based on monolithically integrated ultra-high-resolution super-compact grating (UHR-SCG) technology that has been developed in OptoNet. The grating will be realized on Silicon-Photonic Electronic-Photonic Integrated (EPIC) Platform that has various large-scale manufacturing advantages. This project will be performed by a strong multidisciplinary team of industry and academic researchers, including device design and packaging experts from OptoNet Inc., and device physics and fabrication experts from Northwestern University. In Phase I of this project, we will deliver proof-of-concept high-speed tunable filter based on the UHR-SCG grating on EPIC platform utilizing semiconductor amplifiers as fast switches. The tunable filter chip will have 4 to 8 ITU-grid channels spanning 32nm wavelength bandwidth. The tuning speed will be