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Multi-Aperture Coherent Interferometric Telescopic Array Infrared Sensor

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Multi-Aperture Coherent Interferometric Telescopic Array Infrared Sensor
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-13-M-1635
Award Amount: $149,999.00


ABSTRACT: To address the Air Force need for a space-based, low-weight, low-volume MWIR and SWIR, interferometric IR sensor, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Multi-Aperture Coherent Interferometric Telescopic Array Infrared (MACInTIR) sensor. The proposed MACInTIR sensor system is based on a unique combination of a coherent telescopic array, orthogonal 2x2 array Fizeau interferometer beam combiner optics, low-power, compact, liquid, crystal-based, multispectral tunable filters, wave-front sensors and correctors, high-resolution SWIR and MWIR sensor-arrays, a real-time image processor, and control electronics. The phased-array telescopes and Fizeau interferometer optics allow the MACInTIR sensor to be utilized as a long-range, passive space-based, IR-imaging payload, with a large, effective aperture of minimum size, weight, and power. By electronically correcting and combining the optical fields of the telescope array, high-resolution imagery can be achieved. In Phase I, POC will develop a preliminary design for the MACInTIR sensor, evaluate its effectiveness by modeling, and demonstrate the feasibility of fabrication using a laboratory prototype. In Phase II, POC will develop and test a prototype MACInTIR sensor system, demonstrate its capability to perform multi-aperture interferometry and provide high-resolution long-range IR images, and identify a path toward space-flight-ready IR sensor hostable payloads as well as performance improvement. BENEFIT: The MACInTIR sensor system, with its small SWaP and high performance will be extremely useful for a wide range of DoD space and aircraft sensor platforms. As a result, high-resolution long-range IR imaging could be easily achieved with a smaller, low-cost system. Commercial applications include commercial IR surveillance satellites, space telescopes (NASA), homeland security, law enforcement, aerial surveillance, agriculture, and geospatial imaging.

Principal Investigator:

Tin M. Aye
Technology Vice-President
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Division Systems 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No