Multibeam Optical Head for Satellite Laser Communications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,949.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F29601-03-M-0114
Award Id:
62239
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-2103
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107, Lafayette, CO, 80026
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
602673188
Principal Investigator:
JayStockley
Principal Investigator
(303) 604-0077
jstockley@bnonlinear.com
Business Contact:
MarkTanner
Vice President
(303) 604-0077
mtanner@bnonlinear.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc. (BNS) proposes to use its expertise in liquid crystal optical phased arrays (OPAs) and spatial light modulators (SLMs) to investigate a novel optical head for space-based multibeam laser communications. The primary focus ofthe proposed effort will be to establish the feasibility of using a liquid crystal beam steering device in place of a gimbaled mirror to produce multiple beams for satellite communication links. The principle question regarding the feasibility of asatellite-based liquid crystal multibeam optical head is whether the liquid crystal modulator can withstand the radiation levels that satellite-borne devices are subjected to. During the proposed Phase I feasibility study we will investigate the radiationsurvivability of a liquid crystal spatial light modulator The technology proposed here offers the potential for improvements in the performance of free space optical communications links. The ability to address multiple nodes provides redundancy toensure transmission and provides the broadcast advantage of multiple coverage with less likelihood of interference or intercept than RF. Possible commercial applications include the use of this technology for civilian satellite laser communications andfree space optical links in general.

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