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Low-Temperature Multi-Spectral Membrane-Mirror Projector

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2008 / 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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Minority-Owned: Yes
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Low-Temperature Multi-Spectral Membrane-Mirror Projector
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9302-08-M-0002
Award Amount: $99,984.00


The Phase I goal is to explore novel membrane materials and develop a design for a multi-waveband (visible-RGB and mid-wave infrared) flickerless scene projector that can operate at temperatures ranging from -35C to +50C. The anticipated design will most likely be based on membrane-mirror-on-VLSI spatial light modulator technology. Thus low-power VLSI circuits that both run at low temperature and that can be actively cooled are also planned for investigation. The plan is to culminate the Phase I by demonstrating IR and visible light modulation between -35C and 50 C in a device that employs a new membrane-mirror material The Phase I research will be done in the context of the Phase II program goals which include: (1) develop modifications to our existing high-voltage VLSI circuit substrates, (2) re-engineer the modified membrane-mirror-on-VLSI modulator for low-voltage (~ 40V) operation at visible and mid-mid-infrared wavelengths, (3) develops the scene-generation software and hardware interfaces needed to project simultaneous dual-band scenes, and (4) begins exploratory work on the development of a Phase II projector whose performance goals include: 2,000:1 contrast ratio, 1000x1000 pixels, 120 Hz framing rate and flickerless operation with at least a 6 degrees field of view.

Principal Investigator:

Travis Simpkins
Sr. Research Scientist

Business Contact:

Cardinal Warde
Director of Research
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3 Preston Court Bedford, MA 01730

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