October 15, 2013
Lightwave Logic Displays Operating Silicon Organic Hybrid (SOH) Prototype Modulator
By Mandira Srivastava
Lightwave Logic is a technology company focused on the development of a Next Generation Non Linear Optical Polymer Materials Platform, for applications in high speed fiber-optic data communications and optical computing. Lightwave Logic’s electro-optical devices convert data from electrical signals into optical signals for use in high-speed fiber-optic telecommunications systems and optical computers.
To bring higher spectral efficiency and reduce energy consumption of the modulator, Lightwave Logic's chemists and a third party research group have produced a successful fabrication of an operating SOH slot waveguide modulator.
This device uses an existing modulator structure with one of Lightwave's proprietary electro-optic polymer material systems as the enabling material layer. This first-generation device has generated greater electro-optical activity and specifically reduced drive voltage better than industry standard modulators based on inorganic materials.
A SOH modulator works on Silicon Organic Hybrid (SOH) technology. In an SOH modulator, the optical signal is governed by a silicon waveguide structure with an organic polymer cladding layer above the waveguide to provide the electro-optic effect.
“These initial results constitute a truly significant event for our company as it proves that our materials can work in photonic devices,” said Tom Zelibor, chairman and CEO of Lightwave Logic. “Importantly, this prototype represents a solid starting point from which we continue to improve performance characteristics. I look forward to updating everyone on this and other technological and business developments on a shareholder call we intend to have before the end of the year.”
This demonstration proves the potential of an SOH modulator and keeps the promise for a reduction of cost, energy consumption and size.
“The very short device length opens the door to extremely high modulation speeds and integrated optical circuit architectures,” said Lou Bintz, Lightwave Logic's vice president of product development. “We are vigorously pursuing our chemistry development and fully expect accelerating improvement in our proprietary electro-optic polymer thin film products."
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
More Dark Fiber Community Stories