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Fabrication Process and Electronics Development for Scaling Segmented MEMS DMs

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
124583
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
S2.01
Solicitation Number:
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: 2013
Title: Fabrication Process and Electronics Development for Scaling Segmented MEMS DMs
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CG28P
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 necessary to take state-of-the-art DMs today and make them flight-like. This Phase I SBIR proposal addresses two critical areas in MEMS DM development towards the goal of developing flight-like hardware. Namely, Phase I research will further develop Iris AO's proven hybrid MEMS DM technology to: 1) make a critical assembly step in the fabrication process scalable to wafer scales and 2) increase drive electronics resolution to 16 bits while simultaneously reducing power requirements more than three-fold over existing 14-bit resolution electronics. The increased spatial and actuator resolution afforded by the development here will enable picometer resolution DMs required to reach 10^10 contrast levels necessary for direct detection of Earth-sized terrestrial planets.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Helmbrecht
Principal Investigator
5108492375
michael.helmbrecht@irisao.com

Business Contact:

Michael Helmbrecht
Business Official
5108492375
michael.helmbrecht@irisao.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Iris AO, Inc.
2680 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94704-1717

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