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Adaptive Optics Compensation in Deep Atmospheric Turbulence

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
86525
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-002-1658
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Adaptive Optics Compensation in Deep Atmospheric Turbulence
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9451-08-M-0035
Award Amount: $99,987.00
 

Abstract:

Conventional adaptive optics technologies for compensation of weak to moderate atmospheric turbulence are ineffective in deep atmospheric turbulence. The challenges in this high Rytov regime are segregated into the two problems of developing an adaptive optics beacon and compensation of an optical field degraded well above the level of scintillation saturation. Techniques for compensation of the aberrated field based on segmented deformable mirrors and special handling of branch cuts in the phase for continuous surface deformable mirrors will be developed. An advanced technique for handling noise in very dim subapertures is also proposed. Two novel approaches for obtaining an adaptive optics beacon are proposed, one based on iterative illuminator techniques and another based on point source deconvolution from a moving target.

Principal Investigator:

Terry J. Brennan
Senior Scientist
7147727668
tbrennan@tosc.com

Business Contact:

Glenn A. Tyler
President
7147727668
glenn.a.tyler@tosc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

G A TYLER ASSOC., INC.
1341 South Sunkist Street Anaheim, CA 92806

EIN/Tax ID: 330525149
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No