Spatial-Temporal Control Applied to Atmospheric Adaptive Optics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-10-M-0083
Agency Tracking Number: F093-010-2084
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-010
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
G A Tyler Assoc. Inc. dba the Optical Sc
1341 South Sunkist Street, Anaheim, CA, 92806
DUNS: 801256199
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Terry Brennan
 Senior Scientist
 (714) 772-7668
Business Contact
 Glenn Tyler
Title: President
Phone: (714) 772-7668
Research Institution
A framework for studying the statistics of optical turbulence in an airborne platform is being proposed. This framework accounts for static, determined dynamic (or flowing), and random aberrations. It is recognized that the random aberrations due to the aero-optic boundary layer turbulence are not statistically homogeneous. This is handled with a quasi-homogenous model for analysis. This data analysis leads to the statistical information required to design a minimum variance phase estimator along with a detailed description of the noise covariance. Signal, camera, and speckle noise are modeled in detail for the phase estimator. The phase estimator along with a high fidelity deformable mirror model is used to develop a dynamic pseudo openloop control law. This control law will be tested against detailed simulation data over a range of stressing parameters and compared to more traditional control schemes. BENEFIT: The ability to successfully exploit the characteristics of the optical disturbance, both free space turbulence and aero-optics boundary layer turbulence, in an adaptive optics compensation scheme will significantly reduce the burden on the hardware requirements. In particular an optimal control design will require less temporal and spatial bandwidth as well as operate in lower and noisier signals which reduce requirements on the laser power and coherence length. This translates to less expensive, smaller, and lighter sensors, processors, and lasers.

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