STTR Phase I: Novel Manufacturing Approach for Adaptive Transmissive Tunable Optical Band-Pass Filter with Controllable Bandwidth

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637977
Agency Tracking Number: 0637977
Amount: $149,962.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
KOI
40 Corporate Park Drive, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, Hopewell Junction, NY, 12533
DUNS: 129457037
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Le Li
 Dr
 (845) 897-0138
 leli@kentoptronics.com
Business Contact
 Le Li
Title: PhD
Phone: (330) 677-9745
Email: leli@kentoptronics.com
Research Institution
 Univ of Central FL
 ShinTson L Wu
 4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Orlando, FL, 32816 8005
 (407) 823-5278
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research project proposes a novel liquid crystal manufacture approach for an Adaptive Transmissive Tunable Optical Band-Pass Filter with Controllable Bandwidth. It dynamically passes a variable narrow band spectral component from the visible to the infrared (IR). The filter's performance characteristics, particularly the variable bandwidth, are not attainable with current commercial products and state-of-the-art technologies. This filter is a vital enabling component for many photonics instruments such as multi- and hyper-spectral imaging system, mine detector, and optical beam steering for tracking, ranging and measuring for free-space optical communication.The success of the program will lead to novel manufacture approach(s) for tunable band-pass filters. It will provide revolutionary liquid crystal filter manufacturing approaches to fabricating tunable band-pass filters with variable bandwidth with high figure-of-merit liquid crystals with high efficiency, low loss, fast tuning speed, and low tuning voltage. The tunable filter itself will lead to powerful new instruments.

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