IR Step and Stare Imager Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-C-1311
Agency Tracking Number: F031-1989
Amount: $995,018.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF03-142
Solitcitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
BOULDER NONLINEAR SYSTEMS, INC.
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
 President and CTO
 (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
This proposal describes the development and fabrication of a step and stare mid-wave infrared (MWIR) imaging system. The system employs ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) optical shutters and a 3x3 array of lenses for imaging one of nine different look directions onto a focal plane array. Each image tile represents approximately a 6 degree by 6 degree field of view. By virtue of its architecture, the proposed design provides high resolution imaging over a 17.5 degree by 17.5 degree field of regard using nonmechanical, random access scanning with virtually no settling time (i.e. no slewing, overshoot or ringing). The shutter array operates with unpolarized broadband radiation, has fast (submillisecond) response and provides continuous operation (no duty cycle issues due to DC balancing).

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