Multiplex Wide Field Optics (MWFO)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,988.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15P7T-06-C-P002
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-098-0699
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
A05-098
Solicitation Number:
2005.2
Small Business Information
DIFFRACTION, LTD.
49 Fiddler's Green, Waitsfield, VT, 05673
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
795156629
Principal Investigator:
Bob Kogut
VP Engineering
(802) 496-6640
bkogut@diffractionltd.com
Business Contact:
Bill Parker
CEO
(802) 496-6640
bparker@diffractionltd.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Recent studies have demonstrated that user error can be reduced when using night vision goggle if the user's field of view and resolution is increased. Efforts to provide a wide viewing field with traditional approaches have led to complex and expensive wide angle or multiple lens/tube designs making them impractical for field applications. There is a need for an approach which can provide an alternative solution to the problem. Diffraction LTD proposes an innovative approach which will use Liquid Crystal Switches (LCS) to achieve a wide angle single lens and tube night vision goggle. The proposed approach will time multiplex three views through a single imaging lens and intensifier tube. This will be achieved by using an innovative electronically addressable broad band non-polarized splitter which will be placed in front of the primary imaging lens directing three images from different viewpoints in a time sequence (on axis) through a single lens and intensifier tube. The images are sent (one at a time) through the lens and tube and re-assembled to the appropriate position to the eyepiece at a high repetition rate providing a multiplexed wide field image to the user.

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