Wide FOV Foveal Night Vision System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,991.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-08-M-0124
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-161-0956
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-161
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
KENT OPTRONICS, INC.
40 Corporate Park Drive, Hopewell Junction, NY, 12533
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
129457037
Principal Investigator:
Haiping Yu
Director
(845) 897-0138
haipingyu@kentoptronics.com
Business Contact:
Le Li
CEO
(845) 897-0138
leli@kentoptronics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In this SBIR proposal, Kent Optronics, Inc. (KOI) proposes to develop a novel foveal night vision system (F-NVS) with wide field-of-view (FOV) for military activities in night and/or low-light-level environments. The critical element is the wide FOV objective subsystem with a passive wavefront compensator for achromatic and polarization insensitive wavefront compensation. The passive wavefront compensator is made special solid-state polymer material in multilayered film format with unique spatial patterns. The resulted F-NVS is compact, lightweight and low cost. Our preliminary design results via model simulation have proven that the F-NVS possesses the foveated imaging feature with the wide FOV to 90o (±45o) and the high resolution >1.6 cycles/mrad. In Phase I, the objective and eyepiece subsystems will be designed. The concept of the foveal NVS will be demonstrated from a demo device through more detailed simulation on the system and the design of the passive wavefront compensator that is included in the system. The Phase I Option will start to develop such a wavefront compensator for the breadboard level demonstration of the F-NVS. Phase II and Phase III will develop and test the prototype of the wide FOV foveal NVS, followed by the product commercialization.

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