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A Large Aperture Electro-Optic Beamsteerer

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Vescent Photonics, Inc.
CO Denver, CO 80216-4401
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: A Large Aperture Electro-Optic Beamsteerer
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-08-C-0071
Award Amount: $99,782.00


We propose to develop a fully electro-optic beamsteerer for large aperture beams. The beamsteerer will be able to deflect 3-cm beam into a field of regard of 50 deg x 20 deg. In Phase I we will demonstrate and model key technologies needed for a Phase II deliverable. These include a highly birefringent liquid crystals, waveguide couplers, and high-index, high contrast waveguides that will give a tunable refractive index of 0.25. The anticipated Phase II deliverable will require only 19 electrical connections and weigh under 0.5 kg. BENEFIT: Large angle beam deflectors are needed for laser ranging (LADAR) and will find many commercial application for security sensors, situational awarenss sensors for military, space and transportation, volume metrology in mining operations, grain storage, and more.

Principal Investigator:

Mike H. Anderson

Business Contact:

Scott D. Rommel
Vice President of Operations
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vescent Photonics
4865 E. 41st Ave Denver, CO 80216

EIN/Tax ID: 030437707
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Central Florida
PO Box 162700
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
Contact: Shin-Tson Wu
Contact Phone: (407) 823-4763
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university