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Fast Multi-Spectral Liquid-Crystal-on-Silicon Spatial Light Modulators (SLM)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
69790
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
B045-020-0232
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: 2004
Title: Fast Multi-Spectral Liquid-Crystal-on-Silicon Spatial Light Modulators (SLM)
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5443
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

We propose the development of fast (~1 ms) spatial light modulators (SLMs) for application in near (1.8 to 2.5 micron), mid (3 to 5.5 micron) and long-wave (8 to 14 micron) infrared wavelength bands. The proposed SLMs exploit a newly discovered "sheared liquid crystal" (SLC) effect to deliver fast amplitude or phase modulation regardless of design wavelength. Our SLMs add the SLC effect to the liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) platform to deliver small, rugged, and inexpensive SLMs. The Phase I effort will provide: measurement results that establish baseline IR performance achievable with existing LC and polymer materials, (2) results of wafer-scale assembly processing of prototype SLC devices, (3) designs for CMOS implementation of digital gray scale and pixel boosters, including resolution vs. gray-depth and drive voltage tradeoffs, and (4) materials choices and performance predictions for optimized SLC SLMs.

Principal Investigator:

Mark A. Handschy
Chief Scientist
3037722191
handschy@displaytech.com

Business Contact:

Mark A. Handschy
Chief Scientist
3037722191
handschy@displaytech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

DISPLAYTECH, INC.
2602 Clover Basin Drive Longmont, CO 80503

EIN/Tax ID: 840986353
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Kent State University
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
Contact: Paul Gaston
Contact Phone: (330) 672-2220
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university