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High speed, multispectral, linear polarization display

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-18-C-0071
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-021-0083
Amount: $749,969.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T021
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-08-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-22
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square
Huntsville, AL 35801
United States
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Larry Pezzaniti
 (256) 562-0087
Business Contact
 Michele Banish
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Research Institution
 University of Alabama Huntsville
 Dr. Don Gregory
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
United States

 (256) 824-2840
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

To understand how insects and crustaceans sense and process light fields, researchers need a projection system that provides realistic wide field of view (FOV), high-speed imagery from UV to red (320-650nm) that includes polarization control. Insects and crustaceans have vastly different visual acuity and wavelength response from humans. In addition, some can sense polarization. Therefore, commercial projection systems do not produce believable content for insects. Researchers have found that unless the video content displayed to an insect conforms to naturally occurring scenery, the insect will simply ignore the screen. Their visual system responds to the stimulus, but the insects behavior is not influenced. Polaris Sensor Technologies (PST) and UAH designed Synapsys, a projection system that will present believable content to insects in the UV to Red (320-650nm) wavebands. Synapsys will operate at high video rates (>500Hz), wide FOV, and will include polarization control. Synapsys works by projecting 12 synchronous video streams (4 linearly polarized images in 3 different wavebands) onto a polarization preserving screen. The intensity of each video is controlled pixel by pixel independently such that when combined, an arbitrary linear polarization state (linear polarization orientation and degree of polarization) as well as color are presented at each pixel

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