Multi-spectral MEMS projector for testing imaging seekers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9302-06-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: F051-310-3185
Amount: $749,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF05-310
Solitcitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
3 Preston Court, Bedford, MA, 01730
Duns: 101184950
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jeremy Hui
 Sr. Reseach Scientist
 (781) 275-3100
Business Contact
 Cardinal Warde
Title: Director of Research
Phone: (781) 275-3100
Research Institution
The goal is to develop a dual-waveband (visible and mid-wave infrared) flickerless scene projector based on membrane-mirror-on-VLSI spatial light modulator technology. Two modulators are combined in a novel zero-order block spatial filtering system to achieve true simultaneous dual-band scene projection. The modulators employ a spatially continuous deformable mirror surface that does not produce the diffraction and scattering artifacts of discrete pixels. They also offer continuous analog gray-scale light modulation that gives a more realistic rendition of the scene than the pulse-width-modulation scheme offered by others. The Phase II program: (1) develops modifications to our existing high-voltage VLSI circuit substrates, (2) re-engineers the modified membrane-mirror-on-VLSI modulator for low-voltage (~ 40V) operation at visible and mid-infrared wavelengths, (3) develops the scene-generation software and hardware interfaces needed to project simultaneous dual-band scenes, (4) analyzes and optimizes the trade-space parameters for various scene projection needs, and (5) begins exploratory work on commercial product development based on the technology. Phase II projector performance goals include: 2,000:1 contrast ratio, 1000x1000 pixels, 120 Hz framing rate and flickerless operation with at least a 6° field of view.

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