Non-Linear Opto Electronic Devices

Problem: There is an opportunity to reduce size and power requirements of opto-electronic devices by an order of magnitude. Applications for these devices will include high speed computing and data processing with reduced complexity and cost. Future cable television multiplexers, flat panel displays and laser radar beam steering devices will become practical with the successful completion of this project. This project is part of a plan to reduce the time to bring electronic products using non-linear opto-electronic (NLO) materials to market.

Solution: This effort will fabricate and characterize opto-electronic devices using new improved polymer-based non-linear optical materials. These very small, cost effective opto-electronic devices will be used in military and commercial applications and will greatly improve the high-speed manipulation of light beams.

The NLO materials provided by AdTech, offer the potential for a new generation of devices featuring reduced cost, size, weight and electrical power requirements, as well as increased speed.


  • AdTech will have the full use of the results of the device development performance by Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate (AFRL/SN) for further development of the chromophore and/or devices made out of the NLO polymer materials, and will take responsibility for product development and commercialization of the products and devices.
  • AFRL/SN will benefit from the experience in the use of new Polymer NLO materials that will increase the knowledge-base and will enhance the research already underway. There are a number of Air Force applications for the devices being developed.

Current Status:

  • Modeling, an important and essential step in the development of these devices has been successful. New device designs have evolved and masks are being fabricated to be used in device fabrication.
  • New device designs have evolved and masks are being fabricated to be used in device fabrication.
  • New markets should be accessible if the new device demonstrations meet expectations.
If you have any questions about this Cooperative Research and Development Agreement or are interested in getting more information about technology transfer and CRADA projects, please contact Jim Singer at Wright Technology Network (937) 253-0217 or CRADA@wtn.org

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