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Company Information:

Company Name: Iris AO, Inc.
City: Berkeley
State: CA
Zip+4: 94704-1717
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (510) 849-2375

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,213,753.00 12
SBIR Phase II $4,276,518.00 7

Award List:

Focused Delivery of Laser Energy to the Eye Using Adaptive Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nathan Doble, Director, AO Engineering
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
The overall goal of this effort is to design and model an adaptive optic system that satisfies all of the technical, size, and cost requirements for diffraction limited delivery of laser energy to the retina through an aberration-corrected system. The adaptive optics (AO) system will also be… More

Deformable Mirror for Adaptive Optics Retinal Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Michael A. Helmbrecht
Award Amount: $99,900.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Imaging the retina using adaptive optics (AO) to correct aberrations in the lens and cornea increases lateral resolution by a factor of three. Depth resolution for confocal systems increases by a factor of ten when correcting aberrations with AO. The increased… More

SBIR Phase II: Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Multimorph Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS) Deformable Mirror

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael A. Helmbrecht, Dr
Award Amount: $99,200.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II research project aims to deliver a dramatic advance in microelectromechanical system (MEMS) deformable mirror performance. Deformable mirrors are the key active component in adaptive optics (AO) systems that provide vastly improved resolution… More

Focused Delivery of Laser Energy to the Eye Using Adaptive Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nathan Doble, Director of Optical Engin
Award Amount: $749,341.00
Abstract:
Iris AO proposes to manufacture and deliver an adaptive-optics (AO) retinal imager and light delivery system for evaluating laser safety and damage mechanisms. The system will achieve cellular-level 3-D high resolution imaging while delivering diffraction limited laser pulses to a living eye by… More

SBIR Phase II: Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Multimorph Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS) Deformable Mirror

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael A. Helmbrecht, Dr
Award Amount: $499,798.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II research project aims to deliver a dramatic advance in microelectromechanical system (MEMS) deformable mirror performance. Deformable mirrors are the key active component in adaptive optics (AO) systems that provide vastly improved resolution… More

Modeling, Calibration and Control for Extreme-Precision MEMS Deformable Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael A. Helmbrecht, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Iris AO will develop electromechanical models and actuator calibration methods to enable open-loop control of MEMS deformable mirrors (DMs) with unprecedented precision. Error budget analysis will establish feasibility of open-loop operation with nanometer-scale positioning accuracy and… More

High Resolution and High Contrast Near-IR Imaging of the Human Fundus

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Nathan P. Doble
Award Amount: $99,865.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This Phase I SBIR will prove the feasibility of a design for a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope (cSLO) that can take high-resolution in-vivo images of the human eye. This cSLO will use long wavelength sources to permit deeper imaging than conventional… More

SBIR Phase I: Control System Development for Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Segmented Deformable Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Carl Kempf, Mr
Award Amount: $99,825.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop control techniques for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based segmented deformable mirrors (DMs) used in adaptive optical (AO) systems. These AO systems correct for optical aberrations, which limit the performance… More

Extreme-Precision MEMS Segmented Deformable Mirror

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael K. Helmbrecht, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,994.00
Abstract:
In Phase I research, Iris AO developed enhanced electromechanical models and calibration techniques for MEMS-based segmented deformable mirrors (DMs) applicable to a variety of high contrast astrophysical imagers. High-precision DMs with 1,000-1,000,000 actuators are critical for high-contrast… More

Hign Performance MEMS Deformable Mirror for Adaptive Optics Retinal Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Michael A. Helmbrecht
Award Amount: $754,559.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Iris AO is developing exciting technologies that enable in vivo cellular-level retinal imaging. The cutting-edge adaptive-optics (AO) systems Iris AO develops increases the axial and transverse resolution of retinal ima ges 5 fold. AO is used to correct for the… More

Optimized Coding and Protocols for Free-Space Optical Communications Links

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Helmbrecht, CEO & President
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
High-speed laser communications in adverse maritime conditions are necessary to transfer large amounts of data needed for command-and-control, target selection, or other intelligence. Atmospheric turbulence causes scintillation, variation of signal strength, and an increase in the bit-error rate… More

SBIR Phase II: Control System Development for Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Segmented Deformable Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Carl Kempf, PhD
Award Amount: $474,995.00
Abstract:
The SBIR Phase II project aims to develop an integrated control system for adaptive optics (AO) systems based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) deformable mirrors (DM). Under ideal circumstances, the resolution of an optical system is limited by the diffraction of light waves. Due to… More

Wide Field-of-View Imaging Sensor System for SSA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Helmbrecht, Vice President, Space Tec
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Iris AO will extend previous development research in the area of piezoelectrically actuated membrane deformable mirrors (DM). These extensions are to achieve extreme degrees of curvature required in an optical zoom system based on DMs. These MEMS devices are very small, low weight, and consume very… More

10^3 Segment MEMS Deformable-Mirror Process Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Helmbrecht, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Iris AO will extend its proven segmented MEMS deformable mirror architecture to large array sizes required for high-contrast astrophysical imagers. Current implementations consist of arrays of 37 mirror segments (currently available commercially) and 163 segment arrays (first prototypes under… More

SBIR Phase I:Dielectric Coating of MEMS Deformable Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael A. Helmbrecht, PhD
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will demonstrate the ability to coat a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) deformable mirror (DM) array with high-reflectance dielectric coatings. Micromachined DMs provide unprecedented control over an optical beam, however, they… More

Picometer-Resolution MEMS Segmented DM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael A. Helmbrecht, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology has the potential to create deformable mirrors (DM) with 10^4 actuators that have size, weight, and power specifications that are far lower than conventional piezoelectric and electrostrictive DMs. However, building a MEMS DM with a relatively large… More

Picometer-Resolution MEMS Segmented DM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Helmbrecht, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology has the potential to create deformable mirrors (DM) with 10^4 actuators that have size, weight, and power specifications that are far lower than conventional piezoelectric and electrostrictive DMs. However, building a MEMS DM with a relatively large… More

SBIR Phase II: MEMS Deformable Mirrors for Laser Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael A. Helmbrecht
Award Amount: $447,831.00
Abstract:
What is the proposed innovation? This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will advance the state of the art in compact 360-degree camera systems, achieving sizes of about 1/8 of current systems, without compromising the quality or resolution of the optics. Convex mirror based… More

Fabrication Process and Electronics Development for Scaling Segmented MEMS DMs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Michael Helmbrecht, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology has the potential to create deformable mirrors (DM) with more than 10^4 actuators that have size, weight, and power specifications that are far lower than conventional piezoelectric and electrostrictive DMs. However, considerable development is… More