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Broad Spectrum Optical Property Characterization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-16-C-6723
Agency Tracking Number: F15A-T12-0115
Amount: $746,438.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF15-AT12
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-11-30
Small Business Information
201 North Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90046
United States
DUNS: 032505087
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Farkas
 (310) 858-1670
Business Contact
 Daniel Farkas
Phone: (310) 858-1670
Research Institution
 Montana State University
 Zeb Barber
Office of Sponsored Programs 309 Montana Hall, PO Box 172470
Bozeman, MT 59717
United States

 (406) 994-5925
 Nonprofit College or University

Liquid Crystal Arrayed Microcavities (LCAM) are a new hyperspectral technology initiated by collaboration among Spectral Molecular Imaging, Advanced Microcavity Sensors and Montana State University Spectrum Laboratory.At the core of this revolutionary technology lie picoliter volume optical cavities that exploit liquid crystal birefringence for tuning an effective cavity length.During a Phase I one effort we fabricated LCAM units which performed particularly well as sub-nm spectral resolution filters in a low cost, compact and robust package.By utilizing well established microfabrication, thin film deposition, and wafer techniques we developed a process for rapidly fabricating LCAM prototypes.In Phase II, we propose integrating a LCAM cell into a commercially available confocal microscope.Current spectral confocal microscopes have minimum price tags that start around $300,000.The LCAM shows great promise at reducing the price point by an order of magnitude and allowing hyperspectral microscopy to be available to a much broader market. The LCAM technology currently surpasses the spectral resolution of current systems by two orders of magnitude.Development of the LCAM will lead to the integration of hyperspectral capabilities into a wide variety of imaging platforms.

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