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Multibeam Optical Head for Satellite Laser Communications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
62239
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-2103
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Multibeam Optical Head for Satellite Laser Communications
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F29601-03-M-0114
Award Amount: $99,949.00
 

Abstract:

Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc. (BNS) proposes to use its expertise in liquid crystal optical phased arrays (OPAs) and spatial light modulators (SLMs) to investigate a novel optical head for space-based multibeam laser communications. The primary focus ofthe proposed effort will be to establish the feasibility of using a liquid crystal beam steering device in place of a gimbaled mirror to produce multiple beams for satellite communication links. The principle question regarding the feasibility of asatellite-based liquid crystal multibeam optical head is whether the liquid crystal modulator can withstand the radiation levels that satellite-borne devices are subjected to. During the proposed Phase I feasibility study we will investigate the radiationsurvivability of a liquid crystal spatial light modulator The technology proposed here offers the potential for improvements in the performance of free space optical communications links. The ability to address multiple nodes provides redundancy toensure transmission and provides the broadcast advantage of multiple coverage with less likelihood of interference or intercept than RF. Possible commercial applications include the use of this technology for civilian satellite laser communications andfree space optical links in general.

Principal Investigator:

Jay Stockley
Principal Investigator
3036040077
jstockley@bnonlinear.com

Business Contact:

Mark Tanner
Vice President
3036040077
mtanner@bnonlinear.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BOULDER NONLINEAR SYSTEMS, INC.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107 Lafayette, CO 80026

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