HIGH PERFORMANCE SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATORS USING FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTALS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$498,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5741
Agency Tracking Number:
5741
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 Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NOVEL, HIGH PERFORMANCE SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATORS (SLM) ARE BEING DEVELOPED FROM 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 BE EASILY ADDRESSED EITHER ELECTRONICALLY OR OPTICALLY. PERFORMANCE FEATURES INCLUDE SUBMICROSECOND WRITE TIMES, HIGH OPTICAL THROUGHPUT, HIGH CONTRAST, AND EITHER LOW-VOLTAGE, LOW-POWER ELECTRONIC OR OPTICAL ADDRESSING. AHIGH-RESOLUTION 128 X 128 PROOF-OF-CONCEPT SLM IS BEING DEVELOPED. ATA LATER PHASE, HIGHER SPEED SLMS WITH A LARGER NUMBER OF ELEMENTS AND OPTICAL ADDRESSING SCHEMES COULD BE DEVELOPED. IF SUCCESSFUL, THIS PROJECT WILL DEMONSTRATE THE FIRST SIMPLE-TO-FABRICATE, LOW COST, FAST, HIGH CONTRAST, LOW POWER SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATOR. AN SLM WITH THESE PROPERTIES WILL HAVE MYRIAD APPLICATIONS IN OPTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING AND COMPUTING.

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