ENHANCED LASER EYE PROTECTION USING AXIAL INDEX OF REFRACTION GRADIENTS AND DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENTS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 12540
Amount: $509,668.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Gradient Lens Corp.
207 Tremont St, Rochester, NY, 14608
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 C Benjamin Wooley
 (716) 235-2620
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THIS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IS TO IMPROVE THE DESIGNS FOR DIRECT VIEW OPTICAL SIGHTS WHICH INCORPORATES NON-LINEAR OPTICAL SWITCHES, SACRIFICAL MIRRORS OR OTHER OPTICAL LIMITERS PLACED IN THE FOCAL PLANE TO PROVIDE LASER EYE PROTECTION. THIS IS DONE BY INCREASING THE SPEED OF THE OBJECTIVE LENSES USING AXIAL INDEX OF REFRACTION GRADIENTS AND DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENTS. THESE DESIGNS AND THEIR MANUFACTURING FEASIBILITY WILL BE COMPARED WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH HOMOGENEOUS SPHERIC AND ASPHERIC DESIGNS. DESIGN RULES FOR AXIAL GRADIENTS AND DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENTS AS REPLACEMENTS FOR ASPHERIC SURFACES ARE GIVEN.

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