Paraelectric Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator Structures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$59,859.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
19654
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Optron Systems, Inc.
3 Preston Court, Bedford, MA, 01730
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 James E. Hubbard, Jr.
 (617) 275-3100
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THERE ARE NO SPATIAL MODULATORS (SLMs) AVAILABLE THAT OFFER HIGH FRAMING RATE (MHz), VARIABLE GRAY SCALE, HIGH CONTRAST, AND LOW-VOLTAGE OPERATION SIMULTANEOUSLY. BASED ON PRELIMINARY EXPERIMENTS CONDUCTED AT THE NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY, IT APPEARS THAT A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM COULD LIE IN PARAELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTALS THAT EXHIBIT THE ELECTROCLINIC EFFECT. WE THEREFORE PROPOSE IN THIS PHASE I PROGRAM TO COLLABORATE WITH RESEARCHERS AT NRL WHO ARE SYNTHESIZING SUCH SMECTIC-A PARAELECTRIC LIQUID CRYSTALS, AND EXPLORE THE ELECTRICAL, THERMAL, AND LIGHT MODULATION PROPERTIES OF THESE MATERIALS IN SIMPLE SLM STRUCTURERS. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE SLM BUILT IN THE PHASE I PROGRAM WILL DEMONSTRATE FRAMING SPEEDS ON EXCESS OF 1 KHz, CONTRAST RATIOS OF ABOUT 100:1, AND AT LEAST 6 BITS OF GRAY SCALE IN THE PHASE I PROGRAM.

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