Photonics; BMDO/02-211A-Optical Materials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$749,855.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
F0863003C0205
Award Id:
58947
Agency Tracking Number:
02-1030
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
275 Martinel Dr., Suite W, Kent, OH, 44240
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
129457037
Principal Investigator:
Le Li
CEO
(845) 897-0138
leli@kentoptronics.com
Business Contact:
Le Li
CEO
(845) 897-0138
leli@kentoptronics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
In this SBIR Phase II proposal, technologies necessary for multi-spectrum visible/Infrared spectrally tunable and spatially pixilated light modulators for scene projection in Hardware-in-the-Loop for sensors and seekers in the KHILS Facility will bedeveloped. The technology base is the novel holographic liquid crystal. The modulators in series with laser beams will replace the current Resistive Emitter Array to provide a much wider scenarios simulation dynamics from low background IR scenes to veryhigh radiance scenes at 3,000K in Wideband Infrared Scene Projector. With the enhanced performance featuring 12-bit modulation dynamic range, wide spectrum range from the visible to middle infrared, and low cost, the modulators minimize the cost andcomplexity of MDA Infrared guided interceptor systems. Other applications include optical modulators for LADAR beam scanning, 2D tunable modulators for multi/hyperspectral image systems, and high-speed multispectral modulators for optical correlators.This Phase II program is designed to develop two groups of prototypes, i.e., single pixel modulators and pixilated modulators. Liquid crystal material and fabrication procedures will be optimized for wide operation spectrum, high contrast ratio, low loss,low driving voltage, and fast speed. The pixilated prototypes will be implemented into KHILS facility for a real scene simulation test.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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