Pressure-Actuated Elastomer Lens with Highly Tunable Focal Length

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,995.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-10-C-0058
Award Id:
91922
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB2-0288
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2520 W. 237th Street, Torrance, CA, 90505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
033449757
Principal Investigator:
HomayoonAnsari
Senior Scientist
(424) 263-6359
sbirproposals@intopsys.com
Business Contact:
LotharKempen
Chief Technical Officer
(424) 263-6362
randdoffice@intopsys.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This research will advance the state-of-the art technology in tunable-focal-length lenses for the visible spectrum and the mid IR wavelengths, by utilizing the unique optical and mechanical properties of polymers, which otherwise are not exploitable by alternative approaches such as electrowetting. We will combine our extensive polymer and optics expertise to identify candidate elastomers, analyze the structural, geometric-optical, and chromatic dispersive characteristics of continuously tunable lenses based on shape change of elastomers under applied pressure, and provide candidate designs of imaging systems with rapid auto-focus and high zoom ratio based on adaptive polymer lenses.

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