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Conformal Array Superposition Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-05-C-0210
Agency Tracking Number: F051-147-0146
Amount: $99,638.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-147
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-04-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-02-19
Small Business Information
1785 Locust St. #10
Pasadena, CA 91106
United States
DUNS: 108540340
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francis Reininger
 Principal Scientist
 (626) 578-0626
 fmr@spilab.com
Business Contact
 Francis Reininger
Title: President
Phone: (626) 578-0626
Email: fmr@spilab.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The U. S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has an interest in developing a very wide field of view (FOV) sensor that can be made conformal to an aircraft surface. The new sensor should be adaptable to imaging in both the visible and the 8 - 12 micron long wavelength infrared (LWIR) regimes. The optics of the sensor will resemble the eyes of arthropods, which have evolved tiny, multi-aperture structures consisting of large numbers of independent facets on a convex surface that can collect light through a very large FOV (i.e. 180 degrees). These "compound eyes" are built as conformal structures around the outside of an animal's head in order to displace a minimal volume for maximum utility. The large FOV and small, conformal shape make these optical architectures worthy of investigation for the AFRL seeker/sensor project. The Spectral Imaging Laboratory will design large FOV, conformal superposition optics that utilize multi-aperture array optics and shaped fiber optics. The superposition architecture is desirable because it can yield a 10,000 fold increase in sensitivity over apposition optics.

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