Developing powerful custom light control solutions.

Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) is recognized as a leader in research and development of custom light control solutions. These include non-mechanical beam steering and modulation devices based on next-generation liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) spatial light modulators and liquid crystal polarization gratings.

Our mission is to leverage our expertise in liquid crystal technologies to tackle the toughest optics challenges in a variety of research and industrial applications.

We have more than 30 years of experience in developing practical devices and systems for government, academic, and commercial partners — and we’re just getting started.

Rob Tiernan is the President of Boulder Nonlinear Systems

Innovation is in our DNA. In addition to our core technologies, we provide our customers with a trusted development partner for complex optical challenges.

Rob Tiernan


Our History

BNS was founded in 1988 by Steve Serati. With a background in electrical engineering and liquid crystal optics, he began by building optical processors and phased array beam steerers for LIDAR applications. Over the years, the company has gained a reputation for innovative research and development in optical systems and the projects have grown to include a wide range of leading-edge optical components.

In addition to contract R&D, we provide high-speed spatial light modulators (SLMs) and customized non-mechanical beam steering components based on liquid crystal polarization gratings (LCPGs).

Today, companies from all over the world, including Fortune 100 companies, call on us for our decades of experience in liquid crystal design and manufacturing. We work in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lafayette, Colorado. Our three advanced cleanrooms allow us to maintain the most demanding standards necessary for producing high-quality optical components.

Stephany Granillo is the Boulder Nonlinear Systems Office Manager.

The people are the greatest asset of BNS. With a track record of innovations, industry firsts, and commercialized products spanning decades, the results speak for themselves.

Stephany Granillo

Office Manager

Light Control Technology

BNS specializes in two core technologies to develop devices and systems for a variety of research and industrial applications in the defense, biomedical, automotive, aerospace, and basic science fields.

Non-mechanical Beam Steering Spatial Light Modulators