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SYNTHESIS OF FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS FOR NON-LINEAR OPTICS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
15427
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
15427
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Displaytech Incorporated
2602 CLOVER BASIN DR LONGMONT, CO 80503 7604
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: SYNTHESIS OF FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS FOR NON-LINEAR OPTICS
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $53,903.00
 

Abstract:

VIRTUALLY ALL MATERIALS CURRENTLY USED FOR SECOND-ORDER NON-LINEAR OPTICAL (NLO) APPLICATIONS ARE CRYSTALLINE. ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE HIGH NLO SUSCEPTIBILITIES, LARGE CRYSTALS HAVE THE DISADVANTAGES OF BEINGBOTH DIFFICULT TO GROW AND SHOCKSENSITIVE. FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTALS (FLCS) CAN SELF-ASSEMBLE INTO MATERIALS CAPABLE OF NLO ACTIVITY, AND ARE ALSO EASILY MODIFIED. THE FLCS MADE TO DATE HAVE MODERATELY HIGH NLO PROPERTIES COMPARABLE TO THE MOST WIDELY-USED NLO CRYSTALS. HOWEVER, FLCS HAVE THESE NLO CAPABILITIES ONLY IN A NARROW TEMPERATURE RANGE. WE HEREIN PROPOSE A PATH OF RESEARCH BY WHICH FLCS CAN BE POLYMERIZED AND FROZEN INTO A USABLE, NLO-ACTIVE STATE, THEREBY FORMING EASILY MADE TEMPERATUREAND SHOCK-STABLE NLO-ACTIVE PLASTICS.

Principal Investigator:

William N Thurmes
Principal Investigator
3034498933

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Displaytech Inc
2200 Central Avenue Boulder, CO 80301

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