IR Step and Stare Imager Development

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$940,132.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-08-C-1311
Award Id:
67366
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1989
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107, Lafayette, CO, 80026
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
602673188
Principal Investigator:
SteveSerati
President and CTO
(303) 604-0077
sserati@bnonlinear.com
Business Contact:
MarkTanner
Vice President
(303) 604-0077
mtanner@bnonlinear.com
Research Institute:
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).

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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