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The infrared spectral region is
important for a number of applications, both military and civilian. In this
talk, we will discuss the development of new optical materials and active
optoelectronic devices that function across this region. In the first part of
this talk, we will discuss novel synthesis techniques for chalcogenide-based
polymers and their properties, which include wide infrared transparency windows
and extremely high refractive indices. To conclude the seminar, we will discuss
refractive non-mechanical beam steering devices. These devices, based around
liquid-crystal clad thin film waveguides, have many advantageous properties
over traditional, mechanical beam steerers, with greatly reduced size, weight,
and power requirements. Here, we will cover the operation principles, design,
fabrication, and steering properties of these devices, which represent a fusion
of materials synthesis, processing, and optical design.