Dual-band Infrared Projector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9200-08-C-0088
Agency Tracking Number: F073-125-1619
Amount: $99,947.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-125
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
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 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° field of view.

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