Lumera Corporation has announced that it has developed a revolutionary electro-optical polymer - a material achieved through molecular engineering - that achieves an unprecedented degree of efficiency within advanced high-performance materials.
The efficiency of the new polymers is 5 times that of the inorganic material commonly used to make active optics, and is expected to contribute major improvements to optical devices that are part of the high-speed computer and telecommunications industry.
The new electro-optical polymer breakthrough is the result of a collaboration between Lumera and the University of Washington. Scientists from this University applied advances in nanotechnology to increase the electra-optical activity that produces greater efficiency than other materials. Lumero's team of scientists adapted materials developed by them to achieve electro-optical coefficients of 160 pm / W, that is, 20% higher than existing materials.
According to a spokesperson for the project, these nanomaterials will allow more possibilities in the field of device design. For example, we can reduce operating voltage, increase bandwidth, reduce the size and cost of optical modulators and optical interconnects. Furthermore, polymers can be processed within other innovative applications, and the relative ease and precision with which various devices can be manufactured using this method underscores the most significant advantage of polymeric materials.
The Lumera company applies these technological advances to develop a number of new products that will allow the company to enter new markets. For example, the company is developing linear response modulators for cable television, optical connections and hybrid optical networks without cable or fiber. In addition, external modulators capable of operating at 10-40 Ghz in various applications are being evaluated by potential customers. All have potential in growing markets in the US, Europe and Asia. The market value of these products is projected to be $ 5 trillion by 2007.