Development of an Adaptive Optics Processor for Real Time Adaptive Processing of Wavefront Sensor Data

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F29601-03-C-0042
Agency Tracking Number: 021NM-0579
Amount: $746,519.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1341 South Sunkist Street, Anaheim, CA, 92806
DUNS: 801256199
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Glenn Tyler
 (714) 772-7668
Business Contact
 Glenn Tyler
Title: President
Phone: (714) 772-7668
Research Institution
The proposed effort utilizes the experience gained from over 20 years of work performed by the Optical Sciences Company in the areas of atmospheric propagation, wavefront sensing and adaptive optics technology to develop real time adaptive signalprocessors for on-line performance optimization of adaptive optical systems. In addition to building upon the technology developed for the GEN III NOP adaptive optics system to implement the adaptive control law, an enhanced estimation algorithm isutilized. Unlike conventional systems which predict the future wavefront, the proposed effort predicts the subaperture slopes that are required. As a consequence, nonlinear wavefront reconstructors, such as branch cut reconstructors, can be used in astraight forward manner in a strong scintillation environment. The proposed processor operates at just under 5000 frames per second eclipsing the stated requirement by almost a factor of five. This is a key feature of the proposed effort that ensuresthat a high level of performance will be available.

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