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Resonant Scan Lens for Scanning Beam LIDAR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: 70NANB16H194
Agency Tracking Number: 045.05.01 (2016)
Amount: $300,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.05.01
Solicitation Number: 2016-NIST-SBIR-02
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-07-31
Small Business Information
67 Oak shade Rd., Gaithersburg, MD, 20878-1049
DUNS: 079820557
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Brown
 (206) 963-7522
Business Contact
 Christopher Brown
Phone: (206) 963-7522
Research Institution
The objective of this Phase II project is to research, develop, and commercialize a resonant scan lens (RSL) for use in a resonant light detection and ranging (R-LIDAR) distance sensor. R-LIDAR uses a resonant optomechanical system to generate a beam scan. While resonant optomechanical systems produce high-speed and large field-of-view (FOV) scans from a miniature form factor, the beam scans lack uniformity across the FOV. Poor scan uniformity is typically addressed by clipping the scan periphery to remove the most non-uniform regions. Z-senz proposes to research and develop an RSL to linearize a resonant scan thereby increasing the FOV and duty-cycle of an R-LIDAR sensor. This project builds upon the NIST Phase I SBIR effort that demonstrated a 25% average improvement in linearity from a 90% duty-cycle scan compared to an unmodified resonant beam scan. This project proposes to iterate the RSL design to achieve a 75% average improvement in linearity from a 90% duty-cycle scan and develop this technology for use in an R-LIDAR sensor. While the RSL research improves the performance of the R-LIDAR system, this technology has utility to a large number of high speed imaging and display applications, including: microscopy, endoscopy, ophthalmology, scanning displays, and laser machining.

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