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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$746,519.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
F29601-03-C-0042
Award Id:
57431
Agency Tracking Number:
021NM-0579
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1341 South Sunkist Street, Anaheim, CA, 92806
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
801256199
Principal Investigator:
Glenn Tyler
President
(714) 772-7668
gatyler@tosc.com
Business Contact:
Glenn Tyler
President
(714) 772-7668
gatyler@tosc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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