Lightwave Logic touts stability of its polymer material in Polariton's plasmonics platform

March 24, 2022
An OFC 2022 paper describes testing performed on Polariton's silicon-photonics-based plasmonic-organic-hybrid (POH) racetrack modulator, which leveraged Lightwave Logic’s Perkinamine polymer chromophores.

Lightwave Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ: LWLG) says it optical polymer material has demonstrated what the company called “world-class results” in an enhanced stability and high-speed measurement by Polariton Technologies and that company’s parent, ETH Zurich. The results were presented in a paper earlier this month at OFC 2022 in San Diego, CA.

The paper, “Th3C.3: Enhanced Stability of Resonant Racetrack Plasmonic-Organic-Hybrid Modulators,” describes testing performed on Polariton's silicon-photonics-based plasmonic-organic-hybrid (POH) racetrack modulator, which leveraged Lightwave Logic’s Perkinamine polymer chromophores (see "Lightwave Logic, Polariton Technologies claim record modulator performance at ECOC 2021"). The results were compared to that derived from identical tests on two pn-junction based microring modulators (MRMs).

The tests showed the POH racetrack modulator exhibited 250X less normalized wavelength shift under changing optical powers and up to 3000X less under changing driving RF power than the MRMs. The plasmonic modulator was tested for more than 70 minutes at 100-Gbps NRZ at 80C with no decrease in performance as well, the paper's authors reported.

"This result showing third party review and verification of stability and high-temperature operation illustrates once again that our electro-optic polymer materials platform is truly world-class," said Dr. Michael Lebby, CEO of Lightwave Logic. "Our polymer materials are clearly poised to not only change internet optical networking, but to become ubiquitous in their use across the internet.

"Through our collaboration with Polariton, we have again achieved world-class results using our material for high-speed, low-power polymer modulators, and now that the industry has publicly indicated that these types of modulators are key for lowering power consumption in data center/telecommunications systems, 2022 is shaping up to be an extremely exciting year for Lightwave Logic," Lebby concluded.

"Polariton has continued to enhance the performance of plasmonic modulators using polymer technology. This is another step towards our goal for faster optical communications with a scalable platform that is perfect for photonics integration and low power consumption,” added Dr. Wolfgang Heni, co-CTO at Polariton. “Our recent performance enhancement of a plasmonic racetrack modulator demonstrates the simplicity of integrating plasmonics, silicon photonics, and organic polymer electro-optics for high-speed and energy-efficient components. We are again pleased to have worked with Lightwave Logic, providing us with high-performance and reliable Perkinamine chromophores for these world-class results. Together, we plan to revolutionize the future of the internet through adoption of electro-optic polymer materials."

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