SPARCE APERTURE ADAPTIVE OPTICS FOR A DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-1894
Agency Tracking Number: F051-222-1763
Amount: $99,905.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-222
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107, Lafayette, CO, 80026
DUNS: 602673188
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 STEVE SERATI
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
 (303) 604-0077
 SSERATI@BNONLINEAR.COM
Business Contact
 MARK TANNER
Title: VICE PRESIDENT
Phone: (303) 604-0077
Email: MTANNER@BNONLINEAR.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Development of air-to-air and air-to-ground imaging LADAR systems with high resolution is a difficult problem, because transmit and receive signals are distorted by atmospheric turbulence along the beam path. The distortion has high-frequency spatial and temporal components due to the movement of the platform. To dynamically correct the turbulence viewed from a tactical platform, the adaptive optic system needs to have a fast close-loop response. Our approach is to decompose the problem, allowing the wavefront corrector to respond "immediately" to a direct input (i.e. no array processing delays). The concept makes use of high-speed components that are commercially available. In Phase I, Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) will demonstrate the adaptive optics (AO) concept and integrate the technology into an imaging LADAR design. In Phase II, BNS will build and demonstrate a breadboard system.

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