Nonmechanical Submicroscanning Imaging Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$58,798.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
1994
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
25891
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
H.n. Burns Engineering Corp
3275 Progress Drive, Suite A, Orlando, FL, 32826
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth J. Barnard
 (407) 273-3770
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The imaging sensor described in this proposal will provide new capabilities for fire control systems by generating unaliased imagery out to twice the Nyquist frequency of the focal-plane array (FPA) used in the sensor. The proposed system uses a nonmechnical liquid-crystal beam steering device to shift imagery on the FPA of the sensor by a fraction of the amount used in mechanical microscanning. Submicroscanning sensor performance will be comparable to that obtained with conventional microscanning, but with less weight and mechanical complexity. Building on the results of an initial proof-of-principle demonstration of the submicroscanning technique performed at Wright Laboratory, WPAFB, we propose to further investigate the capabilities of nonmechanical submicroscanning and examine specific design issues regarding image shift versus image quality, spatial noise performance, and material considerations. Use of nonmechanical submicroscanning for point-target tracking will also be investigated. The knowledge gained in Phase I will provide a design base for a prototype submicroscanning imaging sensor to be developed in Phase II.

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