Tunable Fresnel-Zone Lens for Agile Wavefront Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-M-1171
Agency Tracking Number: F10B-T35-0085
Amount: $97,584.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF10-BT35
Solicitation Number: 2010.B
Small Business Information
Plasmonics Inc.
12565 Research Parkway, Suite 300, Orlando, FL, 32826-
DUNS: 962572470
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Shelton
 President, CEO
 (407) 920-4844
Business Contact
 David Shelton
Title: President, CEO
Phone: (407) 920-4844
Email: david.shelton@plasmonics-inc.com
Research Institution
 University of Central Florida
 Glenn Boreman
 CREOL, Bld. 53
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL, 32816-
 (407) 823-6815
 Nonprofit college or university
ABSTRACT: Fresnel-zone lens can meet many of the Air Force's requirements for conformal aperture technology including light-weight, large aperture size, and the ability to conform to a curved surface. However, aberrations limit the effective field-of-view of static Fresnel-zone lens, and the spectral performance is limited to a narrow band. A tunable Fresnel-zone lens with variable-zone-radii will able to image over a wide field-of-view by adjusting defocus to correct for off-axis aberrations and perform a spectral scan from the short-wave through the long-wave infrared. This proposal discusses materials and designs that may be used to create electronically-controlled Fresnel-zone lens without any mechanical parts. BENEFIT: The research and development in this proposal will enable light-weight tunable-optics capable of active-wavefront manipulation through focus control and higher-order compensation. This technology can have a large impact on the aerospace industry by replacing the mechanical gimbals in current systems with solid-state electronically-programmable optics.

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