INFRARED FIBER ARRAYS FOR LOW BACKGROUND INFRARED ASTRONOMY

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$494,303.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
12007
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Infrared Fiber Systems, Inc.
2301-a Broadbirch Drive, Silver Spring, MD, 20904
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Danh Tran
President
(301) 622-9546
Business Contact:
KENNETH LEVIN
VICE PRESIDENT
(301) 622-9546
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
INFRARED TRANSMITTING COHERENT FIBER BUNDLES WILL BE DEVELOPED FOR USE IN ASTRONOMICAL AND AEROSPACE SPECTROSCOPIC SYSTEMS. THESE SYSTEMS COULD BE TELESCOPE COUPLED FOR IN-FLIGHT OR GROUND-BASED USE. APPLICATIONS INCLUDE RE-MAPPING PIXELS TO MATCH THE DETECTOR ELEMENTS OF AN INFRARED FOCAL PLANE ARRAY DETECTOR, CURVED FIELD CORRECTION, MULTI-OBJECT SPECTROSCOPY OR SPECTROSCOPIC MAPPING, IMAGE MAGNIFICATION, AND REMOTE REPLACEMENT OF THE DETECTOR. DURING PHASE I WE WILL CONSTRUCT A 25-FIBER IMAGE-SLICER FOR IMMEDIATE TESTING AT KITT PEAK NATIONAL OBSERVATORY. BUILDING ON THIS EXPERIENCE, WE WILL CONSTRUCTA MASSIVELY PARALLEL BUNDLE TO MAP THE SPECTRAL ELEMENTS FROM A SPECTROMETER SLIT IMAGE ONTO THE ELEMENTS OF A 1-5 MICRON INSB ARRAY DETECTOR. THE FIBERS WILL BE MADE IN-HOUSE FROM ZIRCONIUM FLUORIDE BASED GLASS. WE WILL ALSO PERFORM EXPERIMENTS USING THE RE-DRAW TECHNIQUE WHICH CAN BEUSED TO PRODUCE HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGING BUNDLES. DURING PHASE II, WE WILL DEVELOP THE MASSIVELY PARALLEL BUNDLE AND CONSTRUCT OTHER INFRARED IMAGING BUNDLES USING BOTH CONSTANT DIAMETER AND TAPERED FIBERS.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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