A Large Aperture Electro-Optic Beamsteerer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,782.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
FA9550-08-C-0071
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.A
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-021-0207
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF08-T021
Small Business Information
Vescent Photonics
4865 E. 41st Ave, Denver, CO, 80216
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Mike Anderson
 President
 (303) 296-6766
 anderson@vescentphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Scott Rommel
Title: Vice President of Operations
Phone: (303) 296-6766
Email: rommel@vescentphotonics.com
Research Institution
 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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