Boulder Nonlinear Systems Receives Multiple Contracts to Develop Innovative Holographic and Wide-Angle Beam Steering Capabilities

LAFAYETTE, Colorado | October 3, 2014

Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded several grants to develop innovative new beam steering and wavefront shaping capabilities. The new projects include:

  • the establishment of a pilot production line for supplying large-aperture, wide-angle non-mechanical beam deflectors with reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements for electro-optic (EO) sensor systems,
  • the development of variable focus lenses for fast switchable zoom optics,
  • the design of new spatial light modulator (SLM) backplanes and systems that incorporate a new addressing technique, developed jointly by the University of Innsbruck Glasgow and Durham University, that increases the speed of holographic beam formation by an order of magnitude over traditional methods.

“BNS is focused on developing state-of-the art, application-specific systems that incorporate liquid crystal technology,” states Steve Serati, President of Boulder Nonlinear Systems. “The diversity and complexity of these newly funded development projects will help us take non-mechanical beam control to the next level. There are many unique advantages provided by holographic and non-mechanical beam control, including random access steering, 3D spot generation, and multi-spot beam control, that provide added capabilities in a wide-range of applications. For the most demanding applications, the current limits to speed, resolution, broadband operation, power handling and field of regard need to be overcome. BNS will continue to push back these limits in these newly funded projects.”

About Boulder Nonlinear Systems

Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) is a leader in the research and development of non-mechanical beam steering innovations for practical devices and systems used by government, research and commercial applications. Since 1988, BNS and its dedicated team of scientists and engineers have specialized in the control and manipulation of optical energy. For more information visit: