Universal building blocks for modular photonics and related all-optical technologies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$949,652.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
F33615-03-C-5444
Agency Tracking Number:
02-1063
Solicitation Year:
2002
Solicitation Topic Code:
BMDO02-011
Solicitation Number:
2002.2
Small Business Information
BEAM ENGINEERING FOR ADVANCED MEASUREMEN
686 Formosa Avenue, Winter Park, FL, 32789
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
959414327
Principal Investigator:
Nelson Tabirian
President
(407) 629-1282
nelson@beamco.com
Business Contact:
Boris Ya. Zeldovich
Vice-President
(407) 823-6831
boris@zepa.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this proposal is to mature the photosensitive liquid crystal (LC) material and device technologies the feasibility of which was demonstrated in the Phase 1 of the project. Prototypes of basic optical components that can be assembled to perform variety of photonics tasks controlled by low-power light beams, particularly, from LED sources will be demonstrated. Different realizations of this all-optical modular technology to be delivered in the Phase 2 will include: surveillance and security camera systems with sensor protection and laser mitigation capability; planar micro-optical systems allowing dynamically controlled interfacing between waveguides or fibers; all-optical spatial light modulator assemblies; and test and development systems for sensing, visualizing and the control of evanescent light propagation in complex micro-optical structures. Such a large family of devices and technologies originates from the novel light modulating capabilities of an extended class of photosensitive LC, which were synthesized in the Phase 1 work. Photoinduced transformations between phases of these materials and the impact of such transformations on their optical properties will be characterized. Material properties (temperature range, birefringence, photosensitivity, response times) will be optimized and subsequently tailored to specific applications.

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