Lightwave Logic initiates development of all-optical transistor

Lightwave Logic Inc., through its collaboration with City University of New York (CUNY), has fabricated its first all-optical waveguide using the company's Third-order Perkinamine NR chromophores.

Lightwave Logic Inc., through its collaboration with City University of New York (CUNY), has fabricated its first all-optical waveguide using the company's Third-order Perkinamine NR chromophores.

Lightwave Logic is 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, says a spokesperson.

"The development of our Third-order Perkinamine NR chromophores is a tremendous scientific achievement in its own right and moves our company into the vanguard of optical polymer science,” says Jim Marcelli, chief executive officer of Lightwave Logic. “This is a game-changing material and we are proud of the fact that we have attained this historic milestone two years ahead of our own development forecast."

"The fact that this polymer survives 170 degrees Celsius and still shows the same optical properties makes it an ideal candidate for nonlinear optical devices in planar photonic integrated circuits," explains Vinod Menon, associate professor of physics and member of the CUNY Photonics Initiative.

"While the CUNY team will be testing the non-linear properties of our material deposited in these newly fabricated waveguides at Brookhaven National Laboratories at the end of the month, this is the same material that was recently tested by Professor Biaggio at Lehigh University who reported that it was 100 times stronger than the highest off-resonance small molecule currently known," notes Dave Eaton, chief scientific officer.

"This is the first step toward the development of an all-optical transistor," adds Eaton.

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