PROGRAMMABLE OPTICAL SPATIAL FILTERS USING ARRAYS OF FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTAL LIGHT VALVES

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$49,777.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5742
Agency Tracking Number:
5742
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2200 Central Ave - Ste C, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
MARK HANDSCHY
(303) 449-8933
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE PROPOSED WORK AIMS TO DEVELOP PROGRAMMABLE OPTICAL SPATIAL FILTERS USING NOVEL SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATORS (SLM) MADE FROM LINEAR ARRAYS OF FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTAL (FLC) LIGHT VALVES. THE FLC TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS SIMPLE, ECONOMICAL FABRICATION OF SLMS WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF ELEMENTS THAT CAN EASILY BE ADDRESSED EITHER ELECTRONICALLY OR OPTICALLY. THE ELEMENTS EFFICIENTLY SWITCH INCIDENT LIGHT WITH SUBMICROSECOND RESPONSE TIMES. PHASE I OF THE PROPOSED EFFORT SEEKS TO SHOW THE FEASIBILITY OF USING THESE SLMS AS PROGRAMMABLE SPATIAL MASKS BY DEMONSTRATING HIGH CONTRAST 106 (60 DB INTENSITY) AND 20MS WRITE TIME IN A 128 ELEMENT ELECTRICALLY ADDRESSED ONE-DIMENSIONAL SLM. DURING PHASE II, HIGHER SPEED SLMS WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF ELEMENTS WILL BE DEVELOPED; THE POSSIBILITY OF USING THE FLC SLM AS AN (POTENTIALLY OPTICALLY ADDRESSED) INPUT DEVICE WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED AT THIS TIME.

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