Optically Actuated Headphone Speaker Array

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36073
Amount: $99,547.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Micro-optics Technologies,
8608 University Green #5, Middleton, WI, 53562
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr. James P. Stec
 (608) 831-0655
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
An optically actuated speaker suitable for fabrication as an array in headphones is proposed. These speakers provide good fidelity in a package with a flat profile because of the speaker element array structure. Fabricated as an all optical device using fiberoptic inputs the device is also immune to EMI effects and can be used in high EMI environments such as military, industrial and medical applications. Several optical actuation mechanism were evaluated ranging from an all-optical photoacoustic mechanism to optically controlled electroacoustic elements using photovoltaic and photoconductor control.

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