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Phased Array Liquid Crystal Beamsteerer

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107 Lafayette, CO 80026-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Phased Array Liquid Crystal Beamsteerer
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $592,799.00


This proposal describes a new optical phase-shifter technology incorporating analog ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) materials. This technology will be used to produce a phased-array beamsteerer that can be reconfigured in under 100 microseconds. Due to the analog behavior, the device promises high diffraction efficiency and low sidelobe amplitude. Because FLC materials are used, rapid switching will be an intrinsic characteristic. BNS will fabricate and evaluate a proof-of-principle beamsteerer in the Phase I effort to demonstrate the utility of this new phase shifter. In Phase II, BNS will increase the steer angle, diffraction efficiency, and number of resolvable spots in order to meet cutting-edge DoD requirements and address commercial markets.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Gary Sharp

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Boulder Nonlinear Systems,
1898 South Flatiron Court Boulder, CO 80301

EIN/Tax ID: 841118066
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No