ELECTRON-BEAM-ADDRESSED TERNARY-STATE LIQUID CRYSTAL SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATOR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$59,980.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
9991
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Optron Systems Inc
3 Preston Ct, Bedford, MA, 01730
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Todd Tsakiris
(617) 275-3100
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
AN ELECTRICALLY ADDRESSED SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATOR IS PROPOSED THAT IS CAPABLE OF IMPLEMENTING RECENTLY PROPOSED TERNARY PHASED-AMPLITUDE FILTERS FOR OPTICAL CORRELATOR SYSTEMS. BASED ON AN E-BEAM ADDRESSED LIQUID CRYSTAL FABRY-PEROT CELL, THE E-TLCM (ELECTRICALLY ADDRESSED TERNARY LIQUID CRYSTAL MODULATOR) PROVIDES THREE AMPLITUDE MODULATION STATES: -1, 0, AND +1. THE ADDITION OF A THIRD STATE,THE O STATE, IMPROVES CORRELATION PERFORMANCE IN MANY SITUATIONS BY ALLOWING ATTENUATION OF HIGH NOISE ENERGY FREQUENCIES. THE E-TLCM IS CONTROLLED FROM A PERSONAL COMPUTER AND CAN SERVE AS A FAST, PROGRAMMABLE FOURIER FILTER IN AN OPTICAL CORRELATOR. AN INNOVATIVE FEATURE OF THE DESIGN IS THE INCORPORATION OF A HIGH RESOLUTION CHARGE-TRANSFER PLATE (CTP) TO TRANSFER CHARGE FROM THE INTERIOR TO THE EXTERIOR OF AN EVACUATED ELECTRON-GUN ASSEMBLY. THE CTP IS INTEGRAL WITH THE LIQUID-CRYSTAL CELL AND SERVES AN AN ELECTRODE ARRAY FOR ESTABLISHING E-FIELD DISTRIBUTIONS ACROSS THE LIQUID CRYSTAL. PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE E-TLCM TO BE INVESTIGATED INCLUDE: SPATIAL RESOLUTION, FRAMING SPEED, CONTRAST RATIO, AND SPATIAL UNIFORMITY.

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