Carbon Sciences has provided an update on the graphene-based optical modulator that is currently under development at the University of California at Santa Barbara ('UCSB'). The goal is to create a design that is ultrafast, low cost, and low power.
During the process, the team developed a novel modeling technique that allowed for the precise calculation of optical waveguide properties containing graphene. This technique should theoretically enable more precise design and simulation of graphene optical devices, such as a modulator. In addition, the team reported that they would be able to fabricate a complete modulator device by the end of September 2016.
Carbon Sciences recently extended the sponsored research program to September 2016, which will allow the team proper time to evaluate and characterize the modulator device, as well as make further refinements.