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SLM with Independent Phase and Amplitude Modulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 35687
Amount: $98,906.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
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5055 Corporate Plaza Drive, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
United States
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Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Gardner
 (719) 599-7700
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Research Institution

Recent advances in optical processing have created an opportunity to build massively parallel processing units which are comparable in size to current desk top computers. This massive parallelism promises orders of magnitude increase in processing speed and the optical nature of the system makes it ideal for image and array processing. To date, the primary roadblock in recognizing the potential of optical processors is the input and output devices. Because the actual processing literally occurs at the speed of light, the I/O interface creates a system bottle-neck which limits overall system throughput. High frame rate spatial light modulators capable of independently modulating both phase and amplitude are key to addressing this problem. SMD proposes the development of a pixelated Spatial Light Modulator (SLM) array, where each pixel independently modulates both phase and amplitude. SMD has previously demonstrated high-speed, amplitude-only SLM's for use in optical processing systems. This technology base will be extended to a new SLM architecture which also includes phase modulation.

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