High-Performance Infrared Liquid Crystals

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-05-C-0067
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-029-0017
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-T029
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
CORNERSTONE RESEARCH GROUP, INC.
2750 Indian Ripple Rd, Dayton, OH, 45440
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
130020209
Principal Investigator:
Richard Hreha
Research Scientist
(937) 320-1877
hrehard@crgrp.net
Business Contact:
Patrick Hood
President
(937) 320-1877
hoodpj@crgrp.net
Research Institution:
KENT STATE UNIV.
Carol M Toncar
Research and Graduate Studies, 134A Auditorium Building
Kent, OH, 44242
(330) 672-2070
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes to synthesize, formulate, and characterize novel high performance liquid crystal material systems for use in enhanced performance active or passive infrared (IR) modulators and filtering devices, such as IR laser protective filters, liquid crystal light valves, and optical phased arrays for infrared beam steering. Enhancements in electro-optic response time and reduced threshold voltage will succeed using a molecular design producing very high dielectric anisotropy, high birefringence, and low viscosity while providing reduced infrared absorption. The optimization of an electro-optic IR device using current materials is challenging and typically involves making trade-offs in the desired properties. CRG's design will yield liquid crystal materials and dopants offering enhancements in desired properties such as birefringence while reducing the customary trade-offs associated with current materials.

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