Rugged Low Temperature Actuators for Tunable Fabry Perot Optical Filters

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,883.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNL05AA10C
Award Id:
68909
Agency Tracking Number:
034079
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
435 S. 44th St., Boulder, CO, 80305
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
933676538
Principal Investigator:
Kenneth Arnett
Principal Investigator
(303) 543-8077
kenn@perdix.com
Business Contact:
Kenneth Arnett
Business Official
(303) 543-8077
kenn@perdix.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Why are rugged, low temperature actuator materials important? By themselves, they are useless; however, when fabricated into thin films and integrated into optical devices that require movement of optical surfaces for functionality, they extend the device operational envelope into temperature and environmental extremes not previously accessible. The actuator media also serves as a compliant adhesive that holds optical surfaces to rigid mechanical supports and allows optical devices to survive extremely low temperatures and harsh vibration environments such as vehicle launch without producing deleterious high voltage. Our actuator technology enables tunable optical devices without a media like liquid crystals in the optical path. Consequently, our optical devices will have superior optical performance limited only by the quality of the optical coatings and substrate surfaces. Several areas will be advanced by this new low-temperature actuator technology. High-resolution tunable optical filters such as Fabry-Perot optical filters are needed in direct-detection LIDAR applications to spectrally resolve the back scattered radiation broadened by temperature and Doppler-shifted by atmospheric winds. When used in imaging spectrometers, the ability to cool the narrowband optical filter and retain etalon plate motion will allow greater instrumental sensitivity to resolving trace ChemBio species. Our rugged low temperature actuator technology could enhance device operation on airborne a

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