Innovative Electro-Optically Responsive Filters Using High Figure-of-Merit Liquid Crystals Materials
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DOD / USAF
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, multi- and hyper-spectral Ladar/Lidar, mine detector, and multi-wavelength optical beam steerer for tracking, ranging, measure and free-space optical communication. Kent Optronics (KOI) together with its research institution partner of the University of Central Florida will develop four spectrally responsive optical filter devices in near infrared (NIR) and short wave IR (SWIR) regions. The four prototypes are (1) spectrally responsive notch filter that dynamically knocks out a laser line within the filter tuning coverage range, (2) spectrally responsive band-pass filter in transmissive mode which dynamically passes a narrow band spectral component located within the filter tuning range, (3) auto-responsive laser protection device which automatically detects and analyzes incoming laser wavelength(s) as well as intensity and knocks out the laser line(s) when the laser beam(s) becomes a thread, and (4) two-binned switchable filter that covers the SWIR spectral region.
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KENT OPTRONICS, INC.
275 Martinel Dr., Suite W Kent, OH 44240
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UNIV. OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
12443 Research Parkway
Olando, FL 32826
Mary B. Stanley
Nonprofit college or university