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Multi-spectral MEMS projector for testing imaging seekers

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Optron Systems, Inc.
235 Bear Hill Rd Ste 200 Waltham, MA 02451-1060
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Multi-spectral MEMS projector for testing imaging seekers
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9302-06-C-0006
Award Amount: $600,019.00


The goal is to develop a dual-waveband (visible and mid-wave infrared) flickerless scene projector based on membrane-mirror-on-VLSI spatial light modulator technology. Two modulators are combined in a novel zero-order block spatial filtering system to achieve true simultaneous dual-band scene projection. The modulators employ a spatially continuous deformable mirror surface that does not produce the diffraction and scattering artifacts of discrete pixels. They also offer continuous analog gray-scale light modulation that gives a more realistic rendition of the scene than the pulse-width-modulation scheme offered by others. The Phase II program: (1) develops modifications to our existing high-voltage VLSI circuit substrates, (2) re-engineers the modified membrane-mirror-on-VLSI modulator for low-voltage (~ 40V) operation at visible and mid-infrared wavelengths, (3) develops the scene-generation software and hardware interfaces needed to project simultaneous dual-band scenes, (4) analyzes and optimizes the trade-space parameters for various scene projection needs, and (5) begins exploratory work on commercial product development based on the technology. Phase II projector performance goals include: 2,000:1 contrast ratio, 1000x1000 pixels, 120 Hz framing rate and flickerless operation with at least a 6A° field of view.

Principal Investigator:

Jeremy Hui
Sr. Reseach Scientist

Business Contact:

Cardinal Warde
Director of Research
Small Business Information at Submission:

3 Preston Court Bedford, MA 01730

EIN/Tax ID: 042758877
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No