Fast Multi-Spectral Liquid-Crystal-on-Silicon Spatial Light Modulators (SLM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5443
Agency Tracking Number: B045-020-0232
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-T020
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2602 Clover Basin Drive, Longmont, CO, 80503
DUNS: 151045382
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Handschy
 Chief Scientist
 (303) 772-2191
Business Contact
 Mark Handschy
Title: Chief Scientist
Phone: (303) 772-2191
Research Institution
 Kent State University
 Paul Gaston
 Kent State University
Kent, OH, 44242
 (330) 672-2220
 Nonprofit college or university
We propose the development of fast (~1 ms) spatial light modulators (SLMs) for application in near (1.8 to 2.5 micron), mid (3 to 5.5 micron) and long-wave (8 to 14 micron) infrared wavelength bands. The proposed SLMs exploit a newly discovered "sheared liquid crystal" (SLC) effect to deliver fast amplitude or phase modulation regardless of design wavelength. Our SLMs add the SLC effect to the liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) platform to deliver small, rugged, and inexpensive SLMs. The Phase I effort will provide: measurement results that establish baseline IR performance achievable with existing LC and polymer materials, (2) results of wafer-scale assembly processing of prototype SLC devices, (3) designs for CMOS implementation of digital gray scale and pixel boosters, including resolution vs. gray-depth and drive voltage tradeoffs, and (4) materials choices and performance predictions for optimized SLC SLMs.

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