NASA SBIR 01-II Solicitation

FORM 9B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: E3.03-9195 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 012804 )
PHASE-I CONTRACT: NAS2-02021
PROPOSAL TITLE: 1024 x 1024 Liquid Crystal Multi-Level Spatial Light Modulator

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Success in recent high-speed multi-level spatial light modulator (SLM) developments has led to a desire for increased resolution at these high frame rates. Applications such as optical correlation, holographic storage, and multi-spot beam-steering would all benefit from the development of a very high-resolution high-speed multi-level SLM. Today Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) offers several high-speed liquid crystal SLMs custom designed for use in high-end optical systems. The most advanced SLM is our 512x512 pixel multi-level SLM that can operate at frame rates exceeding 1000-Hz. However, many applications require even higher resolution to maximize the processing gain achieved from the highly parallel nature of the SLM. BNS proposes to develop a multi-level 1024x1024 SLM with 5-micron pixels and 1000-Hz frame rate. In Phase I, BNS developed a conceptual design for the system. The Phase II effort completes the development by fabricating and testing the 1024x1024 SLM system.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
BNS has built substantial business around our SLMs because we designed them exclusively for phase and amplitude encoding instead of manipulating intensity as would a display device. This focus results in devices with superior performance for non-display applications. With the successful completion of the proposed Phase II effort, we will be in a position to offer this 1024x1024 multi-level SLM as a product, the likes of which cannot currently be found anywhere. Potential customers that have shown interest in this development include those in laser-tweezer microscopy, optical correlation, holographic storage, beam steering, high-speed printing and atmospheric correction.

NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Steve Serati
Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107
Lafayette , CO   80026 - 8878

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107
Lafayette , CO   80026 - 8878


Form Printed on 05-09-02 16:37