Dynamic Spectral Filtering Techniques

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5428
Agency Tracking Number: B041-079-1469
Amount: $99,109.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-079
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-04-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2004-10-07
Small Business Information
1600 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, NJ, 08873
DUNS: 100938567
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jim Wang
 Chief Technical Officer
 (732) 627-0808
 jwang@NanoOpto.com
Business Contact
 Hubert Kostal
Title: Vice President of Marketi
Phone: (732) 627-0808
Email: hkostal@NanoOpto.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NanoOpto proposes to combine novel nano-structured materials with liquid crystal actuators in an extension of resonant grating filter theory to design a highly compact, high performance, easily manufactured, dynamic spectral filter. The theoretical breakthrough is twofold: first, in the use of nano-scale gratings in the filter design - this allows significantly and continuously modify material properties in ways that have not here-to-fore been possible; and, second, integrating these nano-optic grating with a liquid crystal layer to create an electronically tunable optical filter. The proposed design platform will apply to a range of wavelengths from visible through IR, support a range of environments by selection of appropriate materials and controls, and allow application specific performance trade-offs (such as between tuning range, selectivity, and tuning speed). Applications are expected to include spatial light modulators, optical sensors, and imaging systems. The proposed Phase I effort will yield characterization of constituent materials - principally nano-structured materials, liquid crystal materials, and associated thin films; model optical performance across a range of environmental conditions; and propose final designs parameters that will readily lead to working prototypes and manufacturing processes in an ensuing Phase.

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