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Deformable Mirror for Adaptive Optics Retinal Imaging

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
70833
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EY015381
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Iris AO, Inc.
2680 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94704-1717
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Deformable Mirror for Adaptive Optics Retinal Imaging
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43EY015381-01
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 resolution afforded by AO correction will improve early disease detection and will allow drug developers to quantitatively assess drug efficacy in vivo. Despite the large increase in resolution, widespread use of AO has been impeded by the high cost of the deformable-mirror (DM) wavefront corrector. Conventional DMs on the market today cost over $1000 per actuator. This is prohibitively expensive because ophthalmic AO systems require 100 actuators or more. The development of a compact, low-cost deformable mirror (DM) is crucial to the commercialization of AO imaging systems for the retina. For Phase I research, Iris AO will develop a low-cost (approximately $10 per actuator), high-stroke (20 mu/m), small aperture (8 mm) DM for use in adaptive-optics imaging of the retina. The microelectromechanical system (MEMS) DM will have at least 100 segments in the array, each with optical-surface errors smaller than 10 nm RMS. Later stages of research will develop an AO fundus camera for use in clinical settings.

Principal Investigator:

Michael A. Helmbrecht
5108492375
MICHAEL.HELMBRECHT@IRISAO.COM

Business Contact:


5108492375
Small Business Information at Submission:

IRIS AO, INC.
IRIS AO, INC. 2680 BANCROFT WAY BERKELEY, CA 94704

EIN/Tax ID: 043693091
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No