A Large Aperture Electro-Optic Beamsteerer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,782.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-08-C-0071
Award Id:
90152
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-021-0207
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4865 E. 41st Ave, Denver, CO, 80216
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mike Anderson
President
(303) 296-6766
anderson@vescentphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Scott Rommel
Vice President of Operations
(303) 296-6766
rommel@vescentphotonics.com
Research Institute:
University of Central Florida
Shin-Tson Wu
PO Box 162700
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL, 32816
(407) 823-4763
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
We propose to develop a fully electro-optic beamsteerer for large aperture beams. The beamsteerer will be able to deflect 3-cm beam into a field of regard of 50 deg x 20 deg. In Phase I we will demonstrate and model key technologies needed for a Phase II deliverable. These include a highly birefringent liquid crystals, waveguide couplers, and high-index, high contrast waveguides that will give a tunable refractive index of 0.25. The anticipated Phase II deliverable will require only 19 electrical connections and weigh under 0.5 kg. BENEFIT: Large angle beam deflectors are needed for laser ranging (LADAR) and will find many commercial application for security sensors, situational awarenss sensors for military, space and transportation, volume metrology in mining operations, grain storage, and more.

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