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Electronically Dimmable Eye Protection Devices (EDEPD)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-6015
Agency Tracking Number: F18B-003-0117
Amount: $149,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF18B-T003
Solicitation Number: 18.B
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-05-09
Small Business Information
1950 State Route 59 Suite 100
Kent, OH 44240
United States
DUNS: 192467199
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ludmila Sukhomlinova
 Director Product Development
 (330) 676-0648
Business Contact
 Paul Luchette
Phone: (330) 676-0648
Research Institution
 Kent State University
 Peter Palffy Muhoray Peter Palffy Muhoray
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242
United States

 (330) 672-2604
 Nonprofit College or University

The team of AlphaMicron Inc. and Kent State University proposes a novel LC technology, the dynamic polarizer, as a light control system for Battlefield Airmen and Pilots. The dynamic polarizer technology shares the performance capabilities of AlphaMicron’s e-Tint LC light control technology: instantaneously fails-to-clear, millisecond switching times, and customizable tint and color. However, the dynamic polarizer improves on the performance by expanding the transmission window and providing the capability of continuously adjustable transmission levels for the operator. The technical objectives of the Phase I work will focus on investigating all factors impacting the transmission window of the device. This work includes modeling device performance, testing new plastic substrates and conductive layer materials, developing liquid crystal mixtures, and preparing prototype devices. Work completed over the course of the Phase I program will establish a performance baseline for the dynamic polarizer, as well as establish a catalog of component materials for next generation eyewear and display visor light control films utilizing dynamic polarizer technology.

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