Multi-spectral MEMS projector for testing imaging seekers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$99,942.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9302-05-M-1005
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-310-3185
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-310
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
OPTRON SYSTEMS, INC.
3 Preston Court, Bedford, MA, 01730
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101184950
Principal Investigator
 Jeremy Hui
 Sr. Research Scientist
 (781) 275-3100
 jhui@optronsystems.com
Business Contact
 Cardinal Warde
Title: Director of Research
Phone: (781) 275-3100
Email: warde@optronsystems.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The goal is to explore and develop physical modifications to Optron's MEMS-on-VLSI membrane-mirror spatial light modulator technology to demonstrate feasibility of a novel, portable, flickerless multi-spectral (UV, visible, and infrared) projector system for testing imaging seekers. The proposed technology approach employs a spatially continuous deformable mirror surface that does not produce the diffraction and scattering artifacts of discrete pixels. The proposed device offers continuous analog gray-scale light modulation that gives a more realistic rendition of the scene than the pulse-width-modulation scheme offered others. In the final system, three devices are combined for true simultaneous multi-spectral projection. The Phase I program: (1) investigates modifications to our existing high-voltage integrated circuitry, (2) redesigns and models the modified MEMS-on-VLSI modulator for UV, visible and infrared readout, (3) designs, fabricates and tests an efficient beam combiner for simultaneous UV/visible/IR projector operation, (4) develops scene-generation software and hardware interfaces needed to project simultaneous multi-wavelength scenes, (5) analyzes and optimizes the trade-space parameters for various scene projection needs, and (6) determine the feasibility of system development for Phase II. Phase II projector performance goals include: 2,000:1 contrast ratio in the IR, 1024 x1024 pixels, 120 Hz framing rate and flickerless operation with at least a 6° field of view.

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