Dual-band Infrared Projector

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,947.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9200-08-C-0088
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-125-1619
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
OPTRON SYSTEMS, INC.
3 Preston Court, Bedford, MA, 01730
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101184950
Principal Investigator:
Travis Simpkins
Sr. Research Scientist
(781) 275-3100
simpkins@optronsystems.com
Business Contact:
Cardinal Warde
Director of Research
(781) 275-3100
warde@optronsystems.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The goal is to develop a dual-waveband (long-wave and mid-wave infrared) flickerless scene projector based on membrane-mirror-on-VLSI spatial light modulator technology. Two very high resolution modulators are combined in a novel zero-order pass spatial filtering system to achieve true simultaneous dual-band scene projection. The modulators employ a spatially continuous deformable mirror surface that offers continuous analog gray-scale light modulation. This gives a more realistic rendition of the scene than the pulse-width-modulation scheme offered by others. This Phase I 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 (~ 20V) operation at 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 Phase II projector with performance goals that include: 2,000:1 contrast ratio, 1000x1000 pixels, 120 Hz framing rate and flickerless operation with at least a 15 degrees field of view.

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