SILICON INTEGRATED CIRCUIT/FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTAL HYBRID SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATORS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 8512
Amount: $50,809.00
Phase: Phase I
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, 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
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Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE PROPOSED WORK AIMS TO DEVELOP NOVEL, HIGH-PERFORMANCE SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATORS (SLMS) BY JOINING FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTALS (FLCS), A FAST, LOW-VOLTAGE, LOW-POWER ELECTRO-OPTIC MATERIAL, WITH SILICON INTEGRATED CIRCUITS (ICS). THE RESULTING SLMS MAY BE EITHER ELECTRONICALLY OR OPTICALLY ADDRESSED, HAVE FRAME RATES FROM 10 KHZ (PRESENT) TO 10 MHZ (FUTURE), AND CAN BE USED TO MODULATE OPTICAL INTENSITY, POLARIZATION, OR PHASE, ALL WITH HIGH THOUGHPUT. THE IC TECHNOLOGY IS ALREADY MATURE, ALLOWING SCALE-UP TO SLMS WITH LARGE NUMBERS OF ELEMENTS (512 X 512) TO OCCUR IN THE NEAR TERM, AND AT LOW COST. THE PHASE I WORK WILL DEMONSTRATE A CONCEPT-PROVING ELECTRICALLY ADDRESSED SLM WITH A 10 KHZ FRAME RATE AND UP TO 256K ELEMENTS. DURING PHASE II, FULL-SCALE CUSTOM ICS AND IMPROVED FLC MATERIALS WILL BE DEVELOPED, INCREASING THE NUMBER OF ELEMENTS AND FRAME RATE, AND PERMITTING SENSITIVE OPTICAL ADDRESSING.

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