Adapting liquid crystal technology to demanding applications
the past 25 years, Boulder Nonlinear Systems has distinguished itself as a research
organization, transitioning liquid crystal innovations into practical devices and
systems. Our dedicated team of scientists and engineers has varied, multi-disciplinary
backgrounds, facilitating the development of novel liquid crystal devices and associated
electronics, hardware, software and opto-mechanical components, resulting in a complete
system solution. BNS specializes in the control and manipulation of optical energy.
Our research has centered on the development of liquid crystal (LC) based devices
primarily for military and research applications. Liquid crystals are characterized
by their ability to manipulate light and their variable response to an electric
field. The electro-optic response of LC materials facilitates the development of
programmable optical devices –with no moving parts. LC devices can be used
to modulate visible white light, coherent laser light – even infrared radiation.
LC components are lightweight, compact, low-power and cost-effective. LC materials
can produce phase, amplitude, spectral or polarization modulation of light.
With support from the DoD, NASA, NSF and NIH
through the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
program, as well as sub-contracts from prime defense contractors, BNS has
developed an entire suite of high-performance liquid crystal on silicon spatial
light modulators. These novel devices have not only supported our own optical processing
engines, but have enabled numerous government and academic researchers in their