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Paraelectric Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator Structures

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
19654
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
19654
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 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: Paraelectric Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator Structures
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $59,859.00
 

Abstract:

THERE ARE NO SPATIAL MODULATORS (SLMs) AVAILABLE THAT OFFER HIGH FRAMING RATE (MHz), VARIABLE GRAY SCALE, HIGH CONTRAST, AND LOW-VOLTAGE OPERATION SIMULTANEOUSLY. BASED ON PRELIMINARY EXPERIMENTS CONDUCTED AT THE NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY, IT APPEARS THAT A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM COULD LIE IN PARAELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTALS THAT EXHIBIT THE ELECTROCLINIC EFFECT. WE THEREFORE PROPOSE IN THIS PHASE I PROGRAM TO COLLABORATE WITH RESEARCHERS AT NRL WHO ARE SYNTHESIZING SUCH SMECTIC-A PARAELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTALS, AND EXPLORE THE ELECTRICAL, THERMAL, AND LIGHT MODULATION PROPERTIES OF THESE MATERIALS IN SIMPLE SLM STRUCTURERS. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE SLM BUILT IN THE PHASE I PROGRAM WILL DEMONSTRATE FRAMING SPEEDS ON EXCESS OF 1 KHz, CONTRAST RATIOS OF ABOUT 100:1, AND AT LEAST 6 BITS OF GRAY SCALE IN THE PHASE I PROGRAM.

Principal Investigator:

James E. Hubbard, Jr.
6172753100

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Optron Systems, Inc.
3 Preston Court Bedford, MA 01730

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