HIGH PERFORMANCE SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATORS USING FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTALS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5741
Amount: $498,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Displaytech Inc.
2200 Central Ave - Ste C, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Handschy
 (303) 449-8933
Business Contact
Phone: () -
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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