OCULAR PROTECTION AGAINST BATTLEFIELD LASERS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 10064
Amount: $49,676.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Potomac Synergetics Inc
Po Box 953, Mclean, VA, 22101
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 V J Corcoran
 (703) 642-5758
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
POTOMAC SYNERGETICS,, INC. (PSI), A WOMAN-OWNED, SMALL BUSINESS, PROPOSES TO ANALYZE VARIOUS APPROACHES AND IDENTIFY THE MOST PROMISING APPROACH FOR PROTECTING PERSONNEL AGAINST BATTLEFIELD LASERS. PSI PROPOSES TO RESTRICT ITS STUDY TO LIQUID CRYSTALS AND POLYMERS FOR REASONS GIVEN IN THE TEXT. THESE MATERIALS ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT OFFER A REALISTIC HOPE OF PROVIDING PERSONNEL WITH SOMETHING RESEMBLING EYEGLASSES THAT WILL PROTECT PERSONNEL FOR LASER RADIATION. THE APPROACH TAKEN ON THIS PROGRAM IS AN EXTENSION OF THE WORK DONE ON TWO SBIR CONTRACTS, PASSIVE PROTECTION OF OPTICAL SENSORS (PAPOOSE) AND PAPOOSE II FOR THE U.S. ARMY LETTERMAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE. SINCE THE TIMNE OF THE PAPOOSE CONTRACT, IMPROVEMENTS IN MATERIALS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE POINT WHERE IT IS NOW REASONABLE TO THINK OF EYE PROTECTION DEVICES THAT RESEMBLE EYEGLASSES. ON PAPOOSE II, WHICH IS CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS, THIN-FILM POLYMERS HAVE BEEN OBTAINED AND ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING TESTED. IF THESE MATERIALS CAN DEMONSTRATE TO OD THAT THE DARPA REQUIRES, THE PROTECTIVE DEVICES RESEMBLING EYEGLASSES COULD BE FABRICATED. THE FEATURES OF THE PAPOOSE ARE: PASSIVE (NO POWER REQUIRED); NEGLIGIBLE INSERTION LOSS; REFLECTANCE IS POWER DEPENDENT; RELIABLE AND MAINTAINABLE; AUTOMATICALLY ACTIVATED (NO SENSOR REQUIRED); WAVELENGTH INDEPENDENT THROUGHOUT THE RANGE OF INTEREST; FAST RISE TIME (1 NS); LARGE ACCEPTANCE ANGLE; LOW COST, AND VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED APERTURE.

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