Beacon Modulation Tomography for Compensation in Deep Turbulence Phase 2

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-09-C-0001
Agency Tracking Number: F073-002-0937
Amount: $1,410,260.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-002
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
Nutronics, Inc.
3357 Chasen Dr., Cameron Park, CA, -
DUNS: 619597995
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Barchers
 Vice President
 (720) 524-7933
 jbarchers@nutroninc.com
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Barchers
Title: Vice President
Phone: (720) 524-7933
Email: jbarchers@nutroninc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The applicability of adaptive optical systems remains limited today by the inability to solve the problem of compensation for the effects of turbulence in the deep turbulence regimes with an extended, non-cooperative target. Beacon anisoplanatism and scintillation combine to severely limit the performance of Adaptive Optical (AO) systems due to phenomena such as atmospheric guiding. Nutronics’ Phase I effort defined a potential solution path leveraging the fact that compensation of the complex field is more isoplanatic than simply compensation of the phase function. Nutronics proposes a Phase II effort to deliver a breadboard Field Conjugation System, and evaluate key risk areas associated with both military and commercial applications. Nutronics has developed an innovative approach for the Field Conjugation System, including use of a highly sensitive wavefront sensor, and integration of the breadboard Field Conjugation System system from compact and modular stand-alone, nearly-identical Adaptive Optical systems. The proposed Real Time Controller will have “military class” capability with low latency FPGA based processing housed in a standard desktop PC, enhancing commercial appeal for future use in both military and civilian applications. BENEFIT: The proposed effort has numerous potential benefits and commercial applications, including (but not limited to): Adaptive Optics for Imaging, Adaptive Optics for Directed Energy and Beam Projection, Adaptive Optics for laser radar and laser vibrometry, Adaptive Optics for beam cleanup and general laboratory use.

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