In recent years, Soluxra has teamed up with University of Washington and University of Michigan to lead multiple SBIR/STTR projects in synthesis, innovative processing, interface engineering, and device physics of high performance organic photonic and electronic materials. (https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/detail/381987 from the Official Website of the United States Government)
Development and scale-up of very low-cost, light-weight, flexible solar cells (SBIR Phase I; Topic #: N102-174; Agency: Navy; Period: 10/2010-8/2011).
Scale-up and Optimization of High-Performance Organic Electro-Optic Material Systems for Photonic Device Applications (STTR Phase I; Topic #: AF11-BT01; Agency: Air Force; Period: 5/2012-2/2013).
Development and Scale-Up of Very Low-Cost, Light-Weight, Flexible Solar Cells (SBIR BAA; Agency: Navy; Period: 8/2012-5/2015).
Scale-up and Optimization of High-Performance Organic Electro-Optic Material Systems for Photonic Device Applications (STTR Phase II; Topic #: AF11-BT01; Agency: Air Force; Period: 12/2013-12/2015).
High specific power and cost effective solar array for spacecraft, lighter than air vehicles, and UAVs (STTR Phase I; Topic #: AF13-AT06; Agency: Air Force; Period: 1/2014-10/2014).
SEO100 electro-optic polymer has been used as the key active medium in the fabrication of spatial light modulator based on a Fabry–Perot interferometer configuration. Reported by the researchers at University of Arizona, Air Force Research Laboratory and University of Washington at Optics Express (http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.012750, Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 13, pp. 12750-12758 (2011)) .
SEO100 electro-optic polymer has been integrated with DNA biopolymer as the key modulation medium in the fabrication of non-mechanical beam-steering devices for use in free space laser steering, light detection and ranging, optical switching and wireless data transfer. Reported by the optical engineering team at General Dynamics Information Technology, Air Force Research Laboratory and University of Dayton (http://opticalengineering.spiedigitallibrary.org/article.aspx?articleid=1389200, Optical Engineering 51(11), 114602 (Nov 01, 2012)).
SEO100 electro-optic polymer has enabled the successful demonstration of high performance Fabry-Pérot resonant switches by optical engineers at Air Force Research Laboratory and University of Dayton (http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.905650). Presented at Proc. SPIE 8258, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XIV, 82580R (February 9, 2012)).
Soluxra’s high performance electro-optic polymers have been highlighted by Prof. Norwood at the College of Optical Sciences of University of Arizona as recent major advances in organic photonics, which could help us keep up with the data explosion—commercialized electro-optic polymers with high thermal- and photo-stability (http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPN.24.11.000040, Optics and Photonics News, Vol. 24, Issue 11, pp. 40-47 (2013)).
SEO100 has been used as the key electro-optic active material in the fabrication of electro-optic (EO) polymer cladding-based silicon waveguide modulator, reported by the researchers at University of Arizona, TIPD LLC, Air Force Research Laboratory and University of Washington at (http://www.opticsinfobase.org/jlt/abstract.cfm?URI=jlt-31-24-4067, Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 31, Issue 24, pp. 4067-4072 (2013)) .
A record-high in-device EO coefficient of 160 pm/V at 1550 nm has been achieved by using highly efficient and photostable EO polymer SEO100 in the demonstration of a short directional coupler switch for use in ultrahigh-speed EO modulators with low switching voltages. Reported by Kochi University of Technology and University of Washington (http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3662038, AIP Advances 1, 042137 (2011)).
SEO125 high performance electro-optic polymer has been incorporated into silicon slot photonic crystal waveguide. The slow-light effects of such hybrid photonic platform, together with broadband electric field enhancement provided by the bowtie antenna, are utilized to enhance the interaction of microwaves and optical waves, enabling an ultra large effective in-device EO coefficient over 1000 pm/V and thus a high sensitivity of integrated photonic electromagnetic field sensors. Reported by Omega Optics, University of Texas at Austin, Air Force Research Laboratory and University of Washington (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=6803876, Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 32, Issue 20, pp. 3774-3784 (2014)).
At the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) in June 2014, researchers at University of Texas at Austin and Omega Optics have reported a silicon organic hybrid modulator using SEO125 electro-optic polymer, achieving ultralow power consumption of 1.5nw over wide optical spectrum range (http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/CLEO_SI.2014.SM2G.4).
Our low index high activity EO polymer SEO125 has been implemented into new hybrid TiO2/electro-optic polymer waveguide modulators with mesoporous sol-gel silica cladding for use in both telecommunications and as CMOS-compatible high-speed EO modulators. Reported by Kochi University of Technology and University of Washington (http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.016418, Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 13, pp. 16418-16423 (2014)).