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Tunable Fresnel-Zone Lens for Agile Wavefront Control

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Plasmonics Inc.
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Bld. 53 Rm A218 Orlando, FL 32816-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Tunable Fresnel-Zone Lens for Agile Wavefront Control
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-11-M-1171
Award Amount: $97,584.00


ABSTRACT: Fresnel-zone lens can meet many of the Air Force's requirements for conformal aperture technology including light-weight, large aperture size, and the ability to conform to a curved surface. However, aberrations limit the effective field-of-view of static Fresnel-zone lens, and the spectral performance is limited to a narrow band. A tunable Fresnel-zone lens with variable-zone-radii will able to image over a wide field-of-view by adjusting defocus to correct for off-axis aberrations and perform a spectral scan from the short-wave through the long-wave infrared. This proposal discusses materials and designs that may be used to create electronically-controlled Fresnel-zone lens without any mechanical parts. BENEFIT: The research and development in this proposal will enable light-weight tunable-optics capable of active-wavefront manipulation through focus control and higher-order compensation. This technology can have a large impact on the aerospace industry by replacing the mechanical gimbals in current systems with solid-state electronically-programmable optics.

Principal Investigator:

David Shelton
President, CEO
(407) 920-4844

Business Contact:

David Shelton
President, CEO
(407) 920-4844
Small Business Information at Submission:

Plasmonics Inc.
12565 Research Parkway Suite 300 Orlando, FL 32826-

EIN/Tax ID: 272408082
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Central Florida
CREOL, Bld. 53
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816-
Contact: Glenn Boreman
Contact Phone: (407) 823-6815