Optical Aperture Gating for Single-pixel and Imaging LIDAR Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$148,454.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-10-C-0120
Agency Tracking Number:
N093-164-0052
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N093-164
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Aerospace Mass Properties Analysis, Inc.
214 North Main Street, North Wales, PA, 19454
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
039026588
Principal Investigator
 Pavlo Molchanov
 Senior Scientist
 (215) 699-0622
 pmolchanov@ampactech.com
Business Contact
 Rudolph Lucente
Title: Vice President
Phone: (215) 699-0622
Email: rudylucente@ampactech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Fast gating or shuttering of light through a large aperture is possible with a HOE (Holographic Optical Element) written into new novel materials such as, but not limited to, EO (Electro-Optic) polymers. These materials can be non-birefringent thin or thick films applied to an optical substrate of a square centimeter or larger. The refractive index of EO polymers can be switched fast (10 to 100 nanoseconds) by applying an electric field across the film, perpendicular to the plane of the optical substrate. Changes in refractive index can be up to a few percent which allow a holographic grating to accept or reject the light. These new novel materials are available from several research sources such as the University of Arizona and the University of Washington. These materials are currently being studied and tested as electro-optic polymer modulators with very small apertures (~1 mm) and operating at longer wavelengths than visable (e.g.1550nm). Gating non-collimated light can be accomplished with an additional HOE operating as a beam-shaping collimator. We plan to utilize existing holographic technology to build an optimised collimator for this project. Collected input light would first pass through the beam-shaping collimating HOE and then be gated with the EO-polymer-HOE. This would simultaneously meet FOV requirements and gating requirements.

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