Innovative Electro-Optically Responsive Filters Using High Figure-of-Merit Liquid Crystals Materials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$699,945.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9550-06-C-0155
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-029-0266
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-T029
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
KENT OPTRONICS, INC
275 Martinel Dr., Suite W, Kent, OH, 44240
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
129457037
Principal Investigator
 Le Li
 CEO
 (845) 897-0138
 leli@kentoptronics.com
Business Contact
 Le Li
Title: CEO
Phone: (845) 897-0138
Email: leli@kentoptronics.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
 Mary B Stanley
 12443 Research Parkway
Suite 207
Olando, FL, 32826
 (407) 823-2836
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This STTR Phase II Program focuses on a simple and cost effective solution to an urgent challenge facing to today’s U.S. military, i.e., protection of military personnel, sensors, and instruments from laser injury. The program also yields enabling devices for military directed energy (DE) system, multi- and hyper-spectral Ladar/Lidar, mine detector, and multi-wavelength optical beam steerer for tracking, ranging, measure and free-space optical communication. Kent Optronics (KOI) together with its research institution partner of the University of Central Florida will develop four spectrally responsive optical filter devices in near infrared (NIR) and short wave IR (SWIR) regions. The four prototypes are (1) spectrally responsive notch filter that dynamically knocks out a laser line within the filter tuning coverage range, (2) spectrally responsive band-pass filter in transmissive mode which dynamically passes a narrow band spectral component located within the filter tuning range, (3) auto-responsive laser protection device which automatically detects and analyzes incoming laser wavelength(s) as well as intensity and knocks out the laser line(s) when the laser beam(s) becomes a thread, and (4) two-binned switchable filter that covers the SWIR spectral region.

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