Phased Array Liquid Crystal Beamsteerer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 28163
Amount: $592,799.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1898 South Flatiron Court, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Gary Sharp
 (303) 786-8958
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This proposal describes a new optical phase-shifter technology incorporating analog ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) materials. This technology will be used to produce a phased-array beamsteerer that can be reconfigured in under 100 microseconds. Due to the analog behavior, the device promises high diffraction efficiency and low sidelobe amplitude. Because FLC materials are used, rapid switching will be an intrinsic characteristic. BNS will fabricate and evaluate a proof-of-principle beamsteerer in the Phase I effort to demonstrate the utility of this new phase shifter. In Phase II, BNS will increase the steer angle, diffraction efficiency, and number of resolvable spots in order to meet cutting-edge DoD requirements and address commercial markets.

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