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Breaking Photonic Limits: Light-Matter-Interaction Enhanced Devices for Atto-Joule and THz Datalinks

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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The George Washington University

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Advancing the data bandwidth and security of communication systems is critical in this fast paced information age. Particular critical to the war fighter, other high end military machinery, and command infrastructure are to develop technological solutions for interconnect technology that propels the U.S. Air Force ahead of the competition. The long term research goal of this AF YIP effort is to unite the fields of electronics and optics by creating a distinct research branch of opto electronic devices with unprecedented data modulation performance for both the defense and civilian markets. In pursuit of this goal, the research objective of this effort is to test the hypothesis that strong light matter interactions in optical transistors, i.e. electro optic modulators and switches, result in a significant performance boost beyond classically known limits. The target is to enable nanoscale device footprints for unprecedented photonic on chip integration, and surpassing both the fundamental modulation efficiency loss and speed power tradeoffs. In pursuit of this objective, the technical approach takes on the challenge to design and demonstrate electro optic modulators and switches with performance metrics i.e. footprint, power, speed far beyond those set by classical i.e. diffraction limitedphotonic solutions.

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  • Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices

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[A, Approved For Public Release]