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Company Information:

Company Name: Kent Optronics, Inc
City: Hopewell Junction
State: NY
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (845) 897-0138

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,888,579.00 21
SBIR Phase II $7,717,988.00 11
STTR Phase I $349,949.00 3
STTR Phase II $1,449,935.00 2

Award List:

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Deng-Ke Yang, President
Award Amount: $99,931.00

SBIR Phase I: LC material for high perf switchable multi functional holgraphic device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Le Li
Award Amount: $99,965.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project is to demonstrate the proof-of-concept of innovative switchable holographic devices through material research. The new holographic device, made from a novel liquid crystal and polymer composite material, consists of alternating polymer… More

Development of High Performance Switchable Broadband

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Deng-Ke Yang, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase II proposal, prototypes of two kinds of revolutionary electro-optically responsive filters will be developed. The first prototypes are fast switchable broadband

Development of High Performance Switchable Broadband

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Deng-Ke Yang, President
Award Amount: $749,878.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase II proposal, prototypes of two kinds of revolutionary electro-optically responsive filters will be developed. The first prototypes are fast switchable broadband

Photonics; BMDO/02-211B-Optical Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
"In this Small Business Innovation Research Phase I proposal, development of fully integrated stationary wave-guided NxN optical router switches is proposed. The new witches over perform the MEMs and conventional liquid crystal switch technologies. Madefrom the revolutionary liquid crystal based… More

SBIR/STTR Phase I:PROGRAMMABLE LIQUID CRYSTAL BASED OPTICAL ATTENUATOR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Deng-Ke Yang
Award Amount: $99,896.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes to develop a programmable motionless optical attenuator that over performs commercial electro-mechanical attenuators and state-of-the-art MEMs attenuator. Made from a revolutionary liquid crystal and polymer composite material,… More

Photonics; BMDO/02-211A-Optical Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
"This SBIR program proposes a novel laser line discrimination technology for military applications based on a novel filter made from special liquid crystal thin films. In the "off" state, the laser line discrimination device is optically clear under zerovoltage. Once electrically switched, the… More

Photonics; BMDO/02-211A-Optical Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $749,855.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase II proposal, technologies necessary for multi-spectrum visible/Infrared spectrally tunable and spatially pixilated light modulators for scene projection in Hardware-in-the-Loop for sensors and seekers in the KHILS Facility will bedeveloped. The technology base is the novel… More

Multibeam Optical Communications Transmitter/Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $99,953.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal introduces a stationary gimbal-less multiple beam optical transceiver for future high bandwidth free-space laser communication. With a near 4p field of regards (FOR), the transceiver surpasses theshortcomings of a gimbal based device in terms… More

Fast Speed Diffraction Limited Multi-Beam Multi-Band Transceivers For Multi-Gb/s Inter-Satellite Laser Communications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Le Li
Award Amount: $745,047.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase II proposal proposes to develop multi-beam multi-band optical transceivers for the inter-satellite wireless communication network involving one master beacon on Geosynchronous orbit and five flying slave beacons. The transceivers feature 1-2 G/bit data rate, +/- 10o steering field… More

Multi-Band IR Scene Projection Display for Scene Simulation in Hardware-In-the-Loop

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: University of Central Florida
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $99,996.00
RI Contact: Mary Stanley
Abstract:
This STTR Phase I proposal proposes a feasibility of a novel multi-band IR scene display for scene simulation for missile interception simulation in the Hardware-in-the-Loop. This development addresses the DOD need for infrared spatial light modulators (SLM), primarily as an enabling technology for… More

LIQUID CRYSTAL TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY POLARIZER-FREE ELECTRICALLY TUNABLE SPATIALLY ADDRESSABLE IR AGILE NOTCH FILTERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal relates to a novel liquid crystal technology that leads to the birth of first-of-its-kind polarizer-free spectrally agile and spatially addressable reflective infrared (IR) dynamic optical agile filters for military sensor anti-jamming, as well… More

SBIR Phase I: Low Cost Adaptive Electrically Tunable Lasers with Ultra-Wide Tuning Range

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Le Li, PI
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project is a feasibility study on electrically tunable lasers made from novel liquid crystal based tunable photonic crystals (TPC). As predicted by a theoretical model and experiment results, the tuning of the laser wavelength is realized via… More

Multi-Band IR Scene Projection Display for Scene Simulation in Hardware-In-the-Loop

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $749,990.00
RI Contact: Mary B. Stanley
Abstract:
This STTR Phase II proposal relates to the development of a Multi-Band IR Scene Projection Display for Scene Simulation in Hardware-In-the-Loop facilities. The focus is to transition Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) displays to the infrared regime and to develop multi-band projection optics. This… More

Laser Agile Multibeam Payload

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
This SBIR proposal introduces a stationary agile multi-Gb/s full field-of-regards (FOR) multi-beam multi-aperture optical beam steering modular (BSM) for military multimission hardware. With a near 4p field of regards (FOR), the BSM independently steers "N ? M" laser beams. It features… More

High Performance Liquid Crystals for Infrared Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $99,991.00
RI Contact: Mary B. Stanley
Abstract:
This STTR Phase I proposal focuses on a liquid crystal material research to improve the performance of new classes of electro-optically active and spectrally responsive cholesteric liquid crystals (CLCs) with tunable selective reflection properties and with variable yet controllable selective… More

Innovative Electro-Optically Responsive Filters Using High Figure-of-Merit Liquid Crystals Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $699,945.00
RI Contact: Mary B. Stanley
Abstract:
This STTR Phase II Program focuses on a simple and cost effective solution to an urgent challenge facing to today's U.S. military, i.e., protection of military personnel, sensors, and instruments from laser injury. The program also yields enabling devices for military directed energy (DE) system,… More

Adaptive Agile Multi-Spectral Laser Protection Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I proposal proposes to develop agile multi-spectral laser protection devices against multi-wavelength high-energy lasers based on KOI's exclusive reflective type optical tunable notch filters whose capability for laser beam blocking has been demonstrated. The device has a wide… More

Bandwidth Controllable Tunable Filter for Hyper-/Multi-Spectral Imager

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Le M. Li, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I proposal introduces a fast speed bandwidth controllable tunable filter for hyper-/multi-spectral (HS/MS) imagers. It dynamically passes a variable narrow band spectral component (li) from the visible to Infrared (IR). The filter has the following projected specifications: >95%… More

Adaptive Agile Multi-Spectral Laser Protection Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $744,995.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase II Program, two prototypes of multi-spectral laser protection devices will be developed for protecting a group of cameras used in the Air Force Flight Test Center from being damaged/jammed by multi-wavelength high-energy lasers during weapon test & evaluation. The devices also… More

STTR Phase I: Novel Manufacturing Approach for Adaptive Transmissive Tunable Optical Band-Pass Filter with Controllable Bandwidth

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: Univ of Central FL
Principal Investigator: Le D. Li, Dr
Award Amount: $149,962.00
RI Contact: ShinTson L. Wu
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research project proposes a novel liquid crystal manufacture approach for an Adaptive Transmissive Tunable Optical Band-Pass Filter with Controllable Bandwidth. It dynamically passes a variable narrow band spectral component from the visible to… More

Wide FOV Foveal Night Vision System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Haiping Yu, Director
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR proposal, Kent Optronics, Inc. (KOI) proposes to develop a novel foveal night vision system (F-NVS) with wide field-of-view (FOV) for military activities in night and/or low-light-level environments. The critical element is the wide FOV objective subsystem with a passive wavefront… More

Variable Optical Transmission Lens for Integrated Eyewear Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ben Y. Tang, Manager
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I proposal introduces novel technologies for variable transmission lens. Based on Kent Optronics's Electronially Switchable liquid crystal (LC) technology and University of Washington's Electrochromic (EC) polymer technology, new variable transmission lenses and eyewear protection… More

Spectrally and Spatially Foveated Multi/Hyperspectral Camera

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I proposal introduces a spectrally and spatially foveated sensor (SSFES) in the visible to near infrared (VNIR) for Multi/Hyperspectral measurement. The sensor leverages on Kent Optronics pixilated variable bandwidth tunable filter (P-VBTuF) and NOVA Sensors' variable acuity… More

SBIR Phase I: Ultrafast Self-Reactive Laser Eye Protection Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ben Tang, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is to develop an innovative, ultra-fast, self-reactive laser eye protection (LEP) device. Made from vanadium dioxide (VOx) nano particles, this novel LEP will best protect human eyes and optical sensors from laser injury in the visible to short… More

Spectrally and Spatially Foveated Multi/Hyperspectral Camera

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO
Award Amount: $729,984.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase II proposal is to develop a prototype spectrally and spatially foveated sensor (SSFS) in the visible to near infrared (VNIR) (400-900 nm) for multispectral/hyperspectral (MS/HS) imaging. The sensor leverages on Kent Optronics pixilated variable bandwidth tunable filter (P-VBTuF) and… More

Variable Optical Transmission Lens for Integrated Eyewear Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ben Tang, Manager
Award Amount: $729,942.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase II proposal is to develop electrically variable light transmission (VLT) see-through lenses (i.e., spectacles) that provide dynamic light transmission control to accommodate lighting level between bright and dark environments. In full daylight, the VLT lens maintains sufficient… More

Multifunctional and Spectrally Dynamic Berth Light for Navy Shipboard Use

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Hong Wei, Research Staff Member
Award Amount: $98,999.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I proposal introduces a medical/clinical research and product development program toward a spectrally dynamic berth light system that will provide, in addition to general lighting, effective resetting of the human body clock for a wide range of naval environments, where the circadian… More

Lightweight Low Cost Universal Laser Eye Protection (LEP) Device for Visors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ben Tang, Manager
Award Amount: $99,987.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase I proposal, we intend to develop a lightweight low cost and universal Laser Eye Protection (LEP) device for military visors. The technology base is the special liquid crystal photonic crystal. This passive LEP, different from narrow band dielectric coatings and holograms, exhibits… More

Enhanced Spacecraft Survivability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Amy Du, Manager
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
This Phase I proposal proposes to develop a space qualified agile multi-spectral laser protection device (LAPD). Based on KOI's exclusive tunable filter, the LAPD can automatically detect and reject multiple dangerous laser lines to protect spacecraft sensor from being dazzled or damaged. The… More

High Fidelity Multi-Mode Hyperspectral Multispectral Imager with Programmable Spectral Resolution

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Le Li, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,990.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase II proposal introduces a fast multi-mode hyperspectral-multispectral (MM-HS-MS) sensor with programmable spectral resolution. The sensor brings the following long-waiting benefits to the remote sensor community: (i) switchable between HS and MS operations, (ii) variable spectral… More

Dual Band MWIR and LWIR Switchable Beam Splitter and Filter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ben Tang, Manager
Award Amount: $69,971.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR Phase I Proposal, Kent Optronics, Inc (KOI) proposes to develop liquid crystal based fast speed, high efficiency dual band infrared switchable beam splitter and filter for 3rd Generation Forward Looking Infrared (3rd Gen FLIR). The device can be electronically controlled to change from… More

Wide FOV Foveal Night Vision System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Haiping Yu, Director – (845) 897-0138
Award Amount: $599,983.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase II proposal is to prototype an innovative optically foveal vision system that can readily advance the existing military night vision goggles (NVG) to the next high performance level, enhancing the US military capabilities in the night and/or the low-light-level environments. With the… More

SBIR Phase II: Ultrafast Self-Reactive Laser Eye Protection Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ben Tang
Award Amount: $441,558.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will develop ultra-fast laser eye protection (LEP) devices from nano-composite materials. Commercial LEP eyewear can only protect against a limited number of known laser wavelengths, with users having to change eyewear for different… More

Dual Band MWIR and LWIR Switchable Beam Splitter and Filter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ben Tang, Director of Product Devel – (845) 897-0138
Award Amount: $776,763.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase II proposal proposes to develop prototypes of switchable beam splitter device (BSD) and filter in mid-wave infrared (MWIR) [as a threshold] and in both MWIR and long wave infrared (LWIR) [as an objective] to enhance the 3rd Generation Forward Looking Infrared (3rd Gen FLIR)… More

High Speed SWIR Scene Projector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jack Litter, Manager – (845) 897-0138
Award Amount: $149,995.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This SBIR Phase I proposal proposes to develop a High Speed SWIR Scene Projector that can operate at 800 Hz with growth potential to 2 kHz, and a 1024x1024 spatial format scalable to 2kx2k in the future fabrication. The threshold operational region could exceed the specified 1200 to… More

Photonics; BMDO/02-211A-Optical Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Le Li, CEO – (845) 897-0138
Award Amount: $849,993.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In order to minimize the cost and complexity of Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Infrared (IR) guided interceptor systems, and Air Force Theater Defense, MDA/Air Force established the Kinetic-kill-vehicle Hardware-in-the-Loop (KHILS) Simulation Facility for the purpose of performance testing… More