Wide Field-of-View Imaging Sensor System for SSA

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-09-M-0090
Agency Tracking Number: F083-195-0356
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-195
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Iris AO, Inc.
2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA, 94704
DUNS: 120364380
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Helmbrecht
 Vice President, Space Tec
 (510) 849-2375
Business Contact
 Michael Helmbrecht
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (510) 849-2375
Email: green@psicorp.com
Research Institution
Iris AO will extend previous development research in the area of piezoelectrically actuated membrane deformable mirrors (DM).  These extensions are to achieve extreme degrees of curvature required in an optical zoom system based on DMs.  These MEMS devices are very small, low weight, and consume very little power.  The properties make the ideal for deployment in satellites for space situational awareness.  Goals of the Phase I work are to (a) characterize existing prototype devices and extend the design for extreme curvatures and a larger (8mm) optical aperture, (b) fabricate prototype devices, and (c) characterize the fabricated prototypes and use results for design process improvement.  This Phase I work is confined to the 8mm devices for compatibility with existing packaging and test equipment.  Fabrication of devices with the ultimately required 20mm aperture will be addressed in Phase II research. BENEFIT: A deformable mirror capable of achieving very high curvature will be developed based on MEMS processing.  This enables construction of an optical zoom characterized by very light weight and low power consumption. Beyond the base function as an optical zoom, the deformable mirror capable of adaptive optical correction of low order aberrations. Commercial applications include laser communications, laser processing of materials, and biological imaging.

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