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INTENSIFIED BISTABLE OPTICAL DEVICE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
6215
Program Year/Program:
1988 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
6215
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Optron Systems, Inc.
235 Bear Hill Rd Ste 200 Waltham, MA 02451-1060
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1988
Title: INTENSIFIED BISTABLE OPTICAL DEVICE
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $800,000.00
 

Abstract:

OPTICAL COMPUTERS ARE RECOGNIZED AS POTENTIALLY USEFUL ELEMENTS IN THEQUEST TO MEET THE INTENSE BATTLE MANAGEMENT COMPUTATIONAL REQUIREMENTSOF STRATEGIC DEFENSE. CURRENTLY, OPTICAL COMPUTERS ARE GREATLY LIMITED IN PERFORMANCE BECAUSE NO EXISTING NONLINEAR LIGHT MODULATION DEVICE SIMULTANEOUSLY OFFERS FAST OPTICAL SWITCHING WITH THRESHOLD HIGH GAMMA, HIGH SPATIAL BANDWIDTH, LOW POWER DISSIPATION, OPTICAL GAIN, AND HIGH RELIABILITY. A NONLINEAR SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATOR CALLED AN INTENSIFIED BISTABLE OPTICAL DEVICE IS BEING DEVELOPED WHICHOFFERS ALL THESE FEATURES AND, IN PRINCIPLE, CAN BE EFFICIENTLY MASS PRODUCED AT LOW COST. THIS DEVICE ACHIEVES OPTICAL GAIN AND CONSEQUENTLY CAN BE CASCADED TO REALIZE MANY COMPLEX OPTICAL COMPUTINGARCHITECTURES. THE FOLLOWING TASKS ARE BEING UNDERTAKEN: DEVICE PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS; PROTOTYPE DEVICE DESIGN; SMALL-SCALE PROTOTYPE DEVICE FABRICATION; DESIGN OPTIMIZATION; AND DEVICE PERFORMANCE TESTING. THE SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT OF THE LOW-COST, NON-LINEAR HIGH PERFORMANCE SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATOR WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCE THE CHANCES OF REALIZING USEFUL ALL-OPTICAL COMPUTERS WITHIN THE NEXT FIVEYEARS. OTHER APPLICATIONS INCLUDE ITS USE AS A FLAT PANEL DISPLAY SCREEN THAT EXHIBITS MEMORY AND AS A REUSABLE ELECTRONIC REPLACEMENT FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC FILM IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS.

Principal Investigator:

Robert F Dillon
6178914344

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Optron Systems Inc.
3 Preston Ct Bedford, MA 01730

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No