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Company Information:

Company Name: Luminit, LLC
City: Torrance
State: CA
Zip+4: 90501-1526
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (310) 320-1066

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,283,153.00 32
SBIR Phase II $5,414,019.00 8
STTR Phase I $419,964.00 4

Award List:

Casting of Low-Cost Optics in Nickel Electroforms with Diamond-Like Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark Bennahmias, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $79,982.00
Abstract:
Addressing the Navy need for innovative molding concepts for manufacturing low-cost, high quality, infrared chalcogenide glass optical elements for infrared pod and seeker imaging systems, Luminit LLC proposes to develop a new manufacturing process for multicavity tooling for mass production by… More

Fiber-Optic Phase Shifting Interferometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, Director of Research and Developmen
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
To address the MDA need for non-destructive evaluation and detection of surface and subsurface defects in aspheric telescope SiC mirrors, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new Fiber Optic Phase Shifting Interferometer (FOPSI). The proposed FOPSI is a non-contact real-time in situ surface roughness… More

Gaze-contingent Immersive Field-of-view head mounted Display

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, Director, Holographic Systems
Award Amount: $79,995.00
Abstract:
To address Navy need for efficient, high-resolution simulators providing 20/20 clarity foveal display, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new Gaze-contingent Immersive Field-of-view head mounted Display (GIFD). This proposed device is based on our low profile holographic substrate-guided HMD and… More

Fieldable Midwave Infrared Sum Frequency LADAR Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Evgeni Poliakov, Senior Optical Engineer
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
In response to the U.S. Navy need for highly efficient MWIR detection for IR LADAR missile seeker applications, Luminit proposes to develop a novel fieldable Midwave Infrared Sum Frequency (MIRSF) LADAR sensor. This sensor is based on highly efficient quasi-phase-matched frequency up-conversion in… More

Homogenized Hybrid Ultra-Bright Backlight

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Evgeni Poliakov, Sr. Optical Engineer
Award Amount: $79,950.00
Abstract:
To address the US Navy need for a high-performance direct-view LED-based AMLCD display, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop an innovative high-luminescence, high-contrast, high optically and electronically efficient airborne Homogenized Hybrid Ultra-Bright Backlight (2HUB2). This inexpensive and… More

Superhydrophobic/hydrophilic Advanced Window System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Yu, Vice President of Researc
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
To address the U.S. Navy need to reduce or eliminate the accumulation of water and ice on the surface of the bridge windows of surface ships, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a unique SuperHydrophobic/hydrophilic Advanced Window (SHAW) system based on our technology for sol-gel replication… More

Fiber-Image- Guide Airframe Roughness Profilometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Jun Ai, Research Scientist, EO Systems
Award Amount: $98,881.00
Abstract:
To address the DARPA need for airframe crack nucleation prediction through surface roughness measurement, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new Fiber-Image-Guide Airframe Roughness Profilometer (FIGARP), based on a novel phase resolvable full-field optical coherence tomography (OCT) and a handheld… More

Wideband Holographic Solar Concentrator based on Substrate-guided Holograms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, Director, Holographic Systems
Award Amount: $98,837.00
Abstract:
To address the DARPA need to collect solar energy in a system with minimal mass that can meet the electrical, physical, design life, and environmental requirements suitable for use on a solar HALE aircraft at relatively low cost, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new Wideband HOLOgraphic Solar… More

UV-Curable Hybrid Nanocomposite Coating to Protect Tether Polymer Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kevin L. Yu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
To address the NASA need for coatings to protect and strengthen tether materials for Momentum-exchange Electrodynamic Reboost (MXER) technology, Luminit, LLC, proposes to develop a new UV-curable Hybrid Nanocomposite (UVHN) tether coating material matrix, based on hybrid sol-gel technology. Its… More

Flexible Spectrum Splitting Holographic Concentrators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kevin Yu, Mr
Award Amount: $99,951.00
Abstract:
The Department of Energy is beginning a new Solar America Initiative (SAI) to accelerate the development of photovoltaic systems. The goal is to make solar energy, based on photovoltaics, cost-competitive with other forms of renewable electricity by the year 2015. This project will develop a… More

Dual-Spectrometer OCT for Noninvasive Imaging of Intestinal Cancers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Jun Ai
Award Amount: $64,425.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Luminit, LLC proposes to develop an innovative Dual-Spectrometer Optical Coherence Tomography (DSOCT) endoscope that offers extremely fast, noninvasive tomographic imaging of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Based on a n innovative dual-spectrometer design with… More

One Component Encapsulating Material Matrix as High Barrier Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kevin S. Yu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
To address the NASA need for new flexible food packaging materials with effective high barrier against oxygen and moisture to protect food, minimize weight and waste, and ensure a shelf life of 3-5 years for NASA future exploration missions to the Moon and Mars, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a… More

High-Speed Fiber Optic Micromultiplexer for Space and Airborne Lidar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Evgeni D. Poliakov, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,987.00
Abstract:
To address the NASA Earth Science Division need for high-speed fiber optic multiplexers for next generation lidar systems, Luminit proposes to develop a new Fiber Optic Micromultiplexer (FOMM) based on InP/InGaAsP photonic integrated circuits (PIC) and digital optical switches (DOS). This approach… More

Holographic Waveguided See-Through Display

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dmitry Voloschenko, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,901.00
Abstract:
To address the NASA need for lightweight, space suit-mounted displays, Luminit proposes a novel Holographic Waveguided See-Through Display. Our proposed Holographic Waveguided See-Through Display (HoWSD) will integrate highly selective waveguiding Bragg holograms, Luminit diffuser technology, a… More

Holographic Preventive Advanced Counter-Sniper Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, Director Holographic Systems
Award Amount: $69,946.00
Abstract:
To address the Navy need for technology that will detect a potential sniper at a distance, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new Holographic Preventive Advanced Counter-Sniper (HoPACS) device based on the latest advances in holography, laser-scanning techniques, and CMOS technology. Based on the… More

Fieldable Midwave Infrared Sum Frequency LADAR Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Evgeni Poliakov, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $445,655.00
Abstract:
In response to the U.S. Navy need for highly efficient mid wave infrared (MWIR) detection for LADAR missile seeker applications, Luminit proposes to develop a novel fieldable Midwave Infrared Sum Frequency (MIRSF) broadband passive imager/LADAR sensor. This MIRSF LADAR imager/sensor is based on sum… More

Flexible Spectrum Splitting Holographic Concentrators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kevin Yu, Mr
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The DOE has undertaken a new Solar America Initiative (SAI) to accelerate the development of photovoltaic systems, with the goal of making solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of renewable electricity by the year 2015. In support of this goal, this project will demonstrate a low-cost… More

Multifunctional UV CurableSol-Gel Organkic Hybrid Nanocomposite Encapsulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kevin Yu, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,955.00
Abstract:
Innovative approaches are being sought to develop cost-effective and improved encapsulation materials to protect photovoltaic cells/modules from water and oxygen. Current approaches are labor intensive, require manual transfer and assembly, and exhibit the high cost associated with… More

Holographic Interferometric Instrument for Threshold Stress Intensity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Dmitry Voloschenko, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,770.00
Abstract:
To address the OSD need to inexpensively measure the KIscc of aluminum alloys, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new Holographic Interferometric Instrument for Threshold Stress Intensity (HITS). This proposed HITS is based on double-exposure holographic interferometric technique to study stress… More

Integrated Cross Connect Optical Switch

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jun Ai, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,464.00
Abstract:
To address the Air Force need for next generation space-based optical router military communications, Luminit proposes to develop an innovative integrated cross-connect optical switch (ICCOS) based on passive optical routing and active electronic buffering. Data envelopes are sent via transmitters… More

Holographic Waveguided See-Through Display

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dmitry Voloschenko, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,275.00
Abstract:
To address the NASA need for lightweight, space suit-mounted displays, Luminit proposes a novel Holographic Waveguided See-Through Display. Our proposed Holographic Waveguided See-Through Display (HoWSD) will integrate highly selective waveguiding Bragg holograms into a helmet-mounted display (HMD)… More

Integrated Spatial Filter Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jun Ai, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
To address the NASA Earth Science Division need for spatial filter arrays for amplitude and wavefront control, Luminit proposes to develop a novel polarization-preserving Integrated Spatial Filter Array (iSFA) comprising 36 x 36 waveguides and two microlens arrays in a hexagonal configuration. Each… More

Substrate-guided wave-based augmented reality holographic head mounted display

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Clemson University
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, Director, Holographic Systems
Award Amount: $69,991.00
RI Contact: J. M. Westall
Abstract:
To address the Navy need for a low-cost see-through head mounted display technology for augmented reality (AR) training environments, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new cost-efficient wide field of view (FOV) full-color see-through Substrate-guided wave based Augmented Reality Holographic Head… More

Flexible Lightweight Radiation Protection Garment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Kevin Yu, Vice President, R&D
Award Amount: $98,872.00
Abstract:
To address DARPA need for new radiation shielding fabrics or materials that are equivalent to or better than currently available radiation shielding technologies in the areas of comfort for wearer, flexibility, and durability, and radiation attenuation in the Cs-137 emission range, Luminit proposes… More

Laser Eye Protective Technology Polycarbonate Visor with Metal Oxide Nanoparticles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kevin Yu, Vice President R&D
Award Amount: $99,977.00
Abstract:
To protect the vision of Air Force aircrew and personnel from near-infrared (NIR) light (700 nm to 1350 nm), Luminit, LLC proposes to design and fabricate a new Laser Eye Protection polycarbonate visor incorporating high NIR absorbing nanocomposites (LEP-POLY_NANO). Surface-modified metal oxide… More

Multifunctional UV CurableSol-Gel Organkic Hybrid Nanocomposite Encapsulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kevin Yu, Mr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Innovative approaches are being sought to develop cost-effective and improved encapsulation materials to protect photovoltaic cells/modules from water and oxygen, without the cost, weight, and complexity of current solutions. This project will develop a new multifunctional, UV-curable,… More

Integrated Spatial Filter Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jun Ai, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,960.00
Abstract:
To address the NASA Earth Science Division need for spatial filter arrays for amplitude and wavefront control, Luminit proposes to develop a novel Integrated Spatial Filter Array (iSFA) comprising integrated waveguides mapped with a pair of commercial lenslet arrays. Thousands of precisely spaced… More

Integrated Substrate-guided Wave-based Eyetracker and Helmet Mounted Display

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, Director of Holographic Systems
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
To address the Air Force need for an eye (gaze) tracker for pilot helmet mounted display system integrated into a visor to increase effective instantaneous targeting FOV, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new Integrated Substrate-guided wave (SGW) based Eyetracker and Head-Mounted Display (ISEHMD).… More

Recovery Act - Solar Photovoltaic Holographic Cogeneration System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kevin Yu, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
Innovative approaches to hybrid solar technologies that combine electrical and thermal energy generation are being sought. Such approaches promise to significantly increase the total operating efficiency of solar panels and reduce system costs and size where the co-generation of heat and electrical… More

Recovery Act - Solar Photovoltaic Holographic Cogeneration System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Kevin Yu, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,986.00
Abstract:
DOE is seeking innovative approaches to hybrid solar technologies that combine electrical and thermal energy generation. Such approaches promise to significantly increase the total operating efficiency of solar panels and reduce system costs and size with the cogeneration of heat and electricity;… More

Holographic A-band Multi-Channel Substrate Guided Wave-Based System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The Department of Energy is seeking the development of a cost-effective and improved environmentally stable fieldable oxygen A-band spectrum atmospheric measurement technology that can be more widely deployed. This technology will collect the data necessary to develop an accurate radiation transfer… More

SBIR Phase I: Substrate-Guided Holographic Diffuser As Efficient Backlighting Solution For LCDs And LED-Lighting Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dmitry Voloschenko
Award Amount: $149,987.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to design and fabricate a novel Substrate-Guided Holographic Diffuser (SGHD) for liquid crystal display (LCD) backlights and for light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. There is a substantial need to reduce the power consumption of… More

Luminit Optical Tank-level Sensing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Southern Methodist University
Principal Investigator: Dmitry Voloschenko, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
RI Contact: Alicia Brossette
Abstract:
To address the NASA need for innovative methods to measure liquid propellant tank volume and tank fluid level with improved accuracy, repeatability, and minimal tank entries for maintenance and calibration, Luminit, LLC, proposes to develop a new non-contact Luminit Optical Tank-level Sensing system… More

Holographic Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, Dr. – 310-320-1066
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
U.S. Department of Energy is seeking a solution that both replaces the old building material or structure and adds photovoltaic generation. Integrating photovoltaics into building structures opens the door to numerous new energy conversion design possibilities, from curved form factors for… More

Holographic A-band Multi-Channel Substrate Guided Wave-Based System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal addresses the development of a robust, field-worthy oxygen A-band spectrometer capable of accurately measuring the first three moments of the photon path-length distribution. Because DOE is planning a wide distribution of this type of spectrometer in support of its observational… More

Flexible Micro- and Nano-Patterning Tools for Photonics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: University of Michigan
Principal Investigator: Shamim Mirza, Research Scientist – (310) 320-1066
Award Amount: $99,983.00
RI Contact: Glenn Levine
Abstract:
To address the OSD needs for low cost, highly flexible micro- and nano-patterning tools, systems, and methods with excellent durability for multilevel nanophotonic devices and/or dense photonic and optoelectronic components, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new computer-controlled Nano-Pattering… More

Carbon Nanotube-based Supercapacitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Shamim Mirza, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,972.00
Abstract:
To address NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's need for improved cost-effective, low mass and low volume devices or methods to store electrical energy onboard long duration (100-day mission) balloon flights at mid-latitudes and altitudes of 30-40 km, Luminit, LLC, proposes to develop a new… More

Dynamic Site Overlay based on Luminit Substrate-guided Holographic Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, Director, Holographic Systems – (310) 320-1066
Award Amount: $149,927.00
Abstract:
To address the Army need for a low-cost, size, weight and power optimized, high-resolution, dynamic electronic overlay display system for small arms sights that provides improved performance over current commercially available systems, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop the new high resolution low… More

Performance Optimized Thermoelectric Generation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Xiaowei Xia, Senior Research Scientist – (310) 320-1066
Award Amount: $99,983.00
Abstract:
To address the MDA need for developing innovative methods for efficient conversion of waste heat in the third stage of a solid rocket motor to electrical power, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new innovative Performance Optimized Thermoelectric Generator (POTEG) system. This proposed technology… More

Biomimetic Integrated Optical Sensor Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of California, LA
Principal Investigator: Xiaowei Xia, Senior Research Scientist – (310) 320-1066
Award Amount: $149,993.00
RI Contact: Adogan Ozcan
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: To address the Air Force"s need for a novel advanced imaging sensor concept that samples all of the information in the radiation field, taking inspiration from biological systems, Luminit proposes to develop a new Biomimetic Integrated Optical Sensor (BIOS) system. The system will be… More

Curved Wave-guided Holographic Display (CWHD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, R&D Head – (310) 320-1066
Award Amount: $149,987.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: To address the Air Force need for developing methods and techniques for optimizing a curved transparent holographic waveguide optical visor for potential integration with combat pilot helmet-mounted displays (HMDs), Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a novel Curved Wave-guided Holographic… More

Dynamic Site Overlay based on Luminit Substrate-guided Holographic Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Fedor Dimov, R&D Department Head – (310) 633-1066
Award Amount: $519,143.00
Abstract:
Luminit, LLC proposes to develop a new full-color dynamic site overlay based on Luminit's holographic technology (DOSH) to address the Army need for a low-cost dynamic electronic overlay display system for small arms sights. Luminit will develop and fabricate the full-color DOSH gun sight based… More

Compound eye laser missile seeker (CELMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jun Ai, Senior Research Scientist – (310) 320-1066
Award Amount: $98,856.00
Abstract:
To address the Army need for a novel primary optic for semi-active laser sensors, Luminit, LLC proposes to develop an innovative wide field-of-view (FOV) compound eye laser missile seeker (CELMS) for use in the near-infrared spectrum to track a target without the need for a gimbaled sensor. This… More

Quantum wave-converter (Q-waver)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jun Ai, Senior Research Scientist – (310) 320-1066
Award Amount: $99,625.00
Abstract:
To address the Army need, Luminit, LLC, proposes to develop a new plug-and-play fiber-coupled PPLN quantum wave-converter (Q-Waver) for quantum communications, based on Luminit"s patented substrate-guided wave hologram (SGWH) technology. Q-Waver, consisting of a commercial PPLN waveguide chip,… More