Low-Temperature Multi-Spectral Membrane-Mirror Projector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9302-08-M-0002
Agency Tracking Number: F073-138-1616
Amount: $99,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-138
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
OPTRON SYSTEMS, INC.
3 Preston Court, Bedford, MA, 01730
DUNS: 101184950
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Travis Simpkins
 Sr. Research Scientist
 (781) 275-3100
 simpkins@optronsystems.com
Business Contact
 Cardinal Warde
Title: Director of Research
Phone: (781) 275-3100
Email: warde@optronsystems.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Phase I goal is to explore novel membrane materials and develop a design for a multi-waveband (visible-RGB and mid-wave infrared) flickerless scene projector that can operate at temperatures ranging from -35C to +50C. The anticipated design will most likely be based on membrane-mirror-on-VLSI spatial light modulator technology. Thus low-power VLSI circuits that both run at low temperature and that can be actively cooled are also planned for investigation. The plan is to culminate the Phase I by demonstrating IR and visible light modulation between -35C and 50 C in a device that employs a new membrane-mirror material The Phase I research will be done in the context of the Phase II program goals which include: (1) develop modifications to our existing high-voltage VLSI circuit substrates, (2) re-engineer the modified membrane-mirror-on-VLSI modulator for low-voltage (~ 40V) operation at visible and mid-mid-infrared wavelengths, (3) develops the scene-generation software and hardware interfaces needed to project simultaneous dual-band scenes, and (4) begins exploratory work on the development of a Phase II projector whose 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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