HYBRID SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATOR FOR JOINT PROCESSING OF RADAR AND OPTICAL IMAGES

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$320,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
4217
Agency Tracking Number:
4217
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 98, Newton Highlands, MA, 02161
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Robert F. Dillon
(617) 965-3166
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE PROBLEM OF DISCRIMINATING BETWEEN TARGETS AND DECOYS IN A SDI OR BMD SCENARIO WILL MOST LIKELY REQUIRE THE USE OF IMAGING SYSTEMS OPERATING AT TWO OR MORE VASTLY DIFFERENT WAVELENGTHS (E.G. MICROWAVE AND OPTICAL). REAL-TIME OPTICAL PROCESSORS THAT COULD, FOR EXAMPLE, EMPLOY IMAGE UNDERSTANDING TECHNIQUES AND THEREBY EXTRACT AND COMBINE THE SALIENT FEATURES OF, SAY, RANGE-DOPPLER RADAR IMAGES AND HIGHLYCLUTTERED OR DEGRADED OPTICAL IMAGES FOR TARGET IDENTIFICATION COULD PROVE MOST USEFUL. IT IS PROPOSED TO INVESTIGATE IN THIS PHASE I STUDY, (A) THE FEASIBILITY OF A SPATIAL LIFHT MODULATOR THAT COULD BE USED TO MIX TWO SUCH IMAGES, AND (B) COMPATIBLE ALGORITHMS (BASED ON OPTICAL ASSOCIATIVE MEMORY AND IMAGE UNDERSTANDING TECHNIQUES) FOR FEATURE EXTRACTION, IMAGE IDENTIFICATION, AND CLUTTER REJECTION. THE VERSATILITY OF THE PROPOSED SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATOR ALSO MAKES IT USEFUL FOR COMBINING GENERAL ELECTRONIC AND OPTICAL SIGNALS, AND AS EITHER AN ELECTRONIC-TO-OPTICAL OR OPTICAL-TO-OPTICAL TRANSDUCER. IT COULD, THEREFORE, BE USED IN GENERAL PURPOSE OPTICAL PROCESSORS FOR OTHER SDI SURVEILLANCE, ACQUISITION AND DISCRIMINATION TASKS.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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