Organic Electro-Optic Technology

Our proven and published technology enables a new world of photonic devices that will drive optical computing, telecommunications, and more. These materials — which we design, manufacture, and license — are the world’s highest-performance organic electro-optic (OEO) materials. As demands for faster, cheaper, and eco-friendlier computing builds, our technology will become ubiquitous as it can be implemented and integrated into current technologies. 

In addition to selling OEO, we offer engineering services to assist our customers in implementing our materials in their products. We want to make sure you get all the benefits of photonics and can do so with your existing production lines. We readily do joint development with device manufacturers and fabrication facilities. 

What is OEO? 

OEO materials defy what you learned in Physics 101 about the ways photons and electrons interact. OEO selectively allow light and electricity (e.g., digital data or radio waves) to efficiently interact with each other. Such interactions enable encoding and routing signals in fiber optic networks and transmitting and detecting radio waves, among other applications, and have enormous implications for today’s bandwidth and data transfer bottleneck and for the future of computing and telecommunications.  

OEO does all this at the nanoscale, shrinking the technology behind fiber optics to the point where it can be used within a chip. Chip-scale integration makes it easier to integrate with CMOS electronics and build next-generation technologies. Devices can now be tiny (a few micrometers to a few hundred micrometers long), built on top of standard CMOS silicon chips, and operate at voltages compatible with standard digital electronics.  

OEO materials are also far more energy-efficient than the best lithium niobate devices. As the demands on energy consumption have exponentially increased, computing plays a huge part in this, making OEO a sound choice for assisting in curbing climate change. 

HLD and JRD1 

Our premier organic nonlinear optical materials with high electro-optic effects. 

Now on the market and ready for your technology today, HLD and JRD1 perform up to 10x better than lithium niobate. HLD also exhibits superior thermal stability suitable for commercial applications. Dig into the specifics of our OEO materials. 

Need to pass technical specs along to your colleagues?

Materials platform comparison:

Materials Platform Silicon Photonics III-V (e.g. InP) TFLN (Lithium Niobate) TFBT (Barium Titanate) NLM Hybrid OEO
Mechanism Semiconductor junction Multiple mechanisms Pockels effect Pockels effect Pockels effect
Light/RF overlap Good Good Poor Very poor Good
Size (at 1V drive) 5 mm 5 mm 20 mm 0.15 mm 0.05 mm
Best demonstrated 3 dB bandwidth (GHz) 50 80 80 15 500+
SOI CMOS fabrication? Yes No No Partial Yes
Post-CMOS complexity? Low Moderate High High Moderate

The future of NLM’s platform 

We are actively developing new materials based on our long history of theory-driven computational design. We’re working to improve overall molecular hyperpolarizability, r33 performance, and thermal and photochemical stability. Additionally, we’re building new processes for improved performance in nanoscale devices, long-term stability, scalable parallel processing, and post-CMOS integration.