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High Performance Liquid Crystals for Infrared Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
73425
Program Year/Program:
2005 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-029-0266
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Kent Optronics, Inc
40 Corporate Park Drive Hopewell Junction, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: High Performance Liquid Crystals for Infrared Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0057
Award Amount: $99,991.00
 

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 reflection bandwidth. The technical objectives are to design and synthesize high figure-of-merit (FOM) liquid crystal(s) for the CLC filters to enhance the performance, aiming at > 1,000:1 contrast ratio, < 10 ms response time, < 10 V switching voltage, < 1 dB optical loss, and > 600 nm spectral tuning range. These unprecedented performance characteristics plus the improved thermal stability, low power consumption, resistance to both UV radiation and mechanical impact make them suitable for dynamical military and space applications. Phase I is a feasibility study of the high FOM liquid crystal influence on the CLC agile filter performance to address the conceptual approaches to meeting the desired specifications. In Phase II, prototype filters will be developed followed by Phase III for commercialization for both military and non-military applications.

Principal Investigator:

Le Li
CEO
8458970138
leli@kentoptronics.com

Business Contact:

Le Li
CEO
8458970138
leli@kentoptronics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Kent Optronics, Inc.
275 Martinel Dr., Suite W Kent, OH 44240

EIN/Tax ID: 341912725
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
12443 Research Parkway , Suite 207
Olando, FL 32826
Contact: Mary B. Stanley
Contact Phone: (407) 823-2836
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university