INFRARED MODULATORS USING FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTALS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$56,296.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
12405
Agency Tracking Number:
12405
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2200 Central Ave, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mark A Handschy
(303) 449-8933
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
WHILE MILITARY APPLICATIONS OF MIDAND FAR-INFRARED SENSING ARE INCREASING, THERE ARE VERY FEW TECHNOLOGIES AVAILABLE FOR LIGHT MODULATION IN THOSE SPECTRAL BANDS. WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP NON-MECHANICAL SHUTTERS USING THE ELECTRO-OPTIC EFFECT IN FERROELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTALS. THE SHUTTERS WE PROPOSE WILL BE SMALL AND RUGGED, AND HAVE HIGH THROUGHHPUT (70-90%), HIGH ON:OFF CONTRAST (40:1 OR GREATER), WIDE-SPECTRAL-BAND OPERATION (E.G. 3-5 UM), HIGH SWITCHING SPEEDS (100 US), AND LOW POWER CONSUMPTION (10 UJ/CM2/SWITCHING). PHASE I DEMONSTRATION MODULATORS WILL HAVE 12 MM APERTURES, WHICH CAN BE INCREASED TO SEVERAL INCHES DURING PHASE II DEVELOPMENT. INITIAL WORK IN PHASE I WILL CONCENTRATE ON THE 3-5 UM SPECTRAL BAND, WITH EXTENSION TO THE 8-14 UM BAND POSSIBLE DURING PHASE II.

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