A LIQUID CRYSTAL WAVEPLATE TECHNIQUE FOR WAVELENGTH TUNING OF NARROWBAND OPTICAL FILTERS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$49,990.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
9923
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Meadowlark Optics Inc
7460 Weld County Rd - 1, Longmont, CO, 80501
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Tom Baur
(303) 776-4068
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
WE PROPOSE TO INVESTIGATE WAVELENGTH TUNING OF NARROW BANDWIDTH OPTICAL FILTERS USING NEMATIC LIQUID CRYSTAL WAVEPLATES WITH A RETARDANCE THAT IS ELECTRICALLY TUNABLE. THESE TUNABLE LIQUID CRYSTAL WAVEPLATES OR RETARDERS HAVE DISTINCT ADVANTAGES OVER PRESENT TECHNOLOGIES IN THAT THEY PERMIT WAVELENGTH TUNING OF THE FILTER WITH NO MECHANICAL MOTION OR COMPLICATED ELECTROMECHANICAL CONTROL SYSTEMS, THEY TUNE QUICKLY, AND THEY CAN BE MADE IN LARGE CLEAR APERTURES AT A RESONABLE COST. WE WILL COMPLETELY CHARACTERIZE THE PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY OF THESE WAVEPLATES AND EXAMINE THE COMPATIBILITY OF THE PERFORMANCE WITH WHAT IS NEEDED FOR TUNABLE NARROWBAND OPTICAL FILTERS. SIMULTANEOUSLY, WE WILL DESIGN A SYSTEM FOR COMPUTER CONTROL OF RAPID WAVELENGTH TUNING OF THESE FILTERS, INCORPORATING AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION FOR RELIABLE RESULTS. WE ARE UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO PURSUE THIS PROJECT BECAUSE OF OUR EXPERIENCE BOTH IN MANUFACTURING LIQUID CRYSTAL DEVICES AND IN DESIGNING AND MANUFACTURING LYOT-TYPE NARROWBAND OPTICAL FILTERS.

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