Transport-Equation Digital Image Correction System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 19979
Amount: $63,600.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1525 Espinosa Circle, Palo Verdes Estat, CA, 90274
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marvin M Litvak, Ph.d.
 (310) 378-8098
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
Ground-based visible and infrared imaging of distant objects is hampered by the distortions due to the atmosphere, so that the angular resolution that ground-based and airborne telescopes are capable of are seldom achieved on a real-time basis. However, the Transport-Equation Digital Image Correction system is a full-correction (amplitude and phase) innovation that is optically and electronically simpler, less expensive, and more sensitive to beacons or to self-calibrating extended objects than conventional means. Pairs of slightly defocussed images are processed at millisecond rates for amplitude as well as the usual phase information. Through the energy transport-equation technique and through feedback of correction for speckle, clear images are real-time, digitally reconstructed without the deformable mirror of conventional adaptive optics. Phase I is to expertly develop a compute simulation of the real-time system to test the algorithms and to design the pre-prototype system for integration and testing in Phase II.

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