A Robust Miniature, Multi-function, Dense WDM Demultiplexer/Receiver

Period of Performance: 08/15/1998 - 02/14/1999

$64.6K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Eagle Optoelectronics, Inc.
223 Powderhorn Trail
Broomfield, CO 80020
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This effort may be viewed as attempting to find the lowest technology, and thus, first commercializable use of meso-optics devices. These devices exploit wavelength-scale complex geometries and precision fabrication techniques to achieve their functionality. One of the conceptually simplest and most powerful devices is a high-resolution WDM demultiplexer. This proposal intends to extend research results in several ways of special benefit to a commercial device, and add a new active processing capability not yet demonstrated. In addition to its guided-wave, physically robust implementation and miniature chip-scale size, other potential advantages for optical communication systems are:-easy integration with conventional electronics on the same substrate -nanosecond tuning -low insertion loss -transparency to unselected wavelengths conserving optical power and facilitating simplified network architectures The proposal seeks to identify and begin development of techniques to enable: -low cost manufacture -integration into a highly-functional WDM receiver with minimal technological new development Because Eagle Optoelectronics holds the patent on a WDM receiver design that can make optimal use of such a meso optic demultiplexer, and because the initial developers of the research devices are also partners, this effort is well positioned to achieve success.