Compact High Intensity Illumination Source

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W91CRB-11-C-0091
Agency Tracking Number: A102-078-0433
Amount: $69,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-078
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Applied Technologies Division, 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Min-Yi Shih
 VP&GM Electro-Optics Systems
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
To address the Army"s need for compact, high-intensity, low-cost, and freestanding lighting sources for high-speed photography applications, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Compact High Intensity Illumination Source (CHIIS). This proposed system is based on the novel integration of an array of high-intensity discharge (HID) bulbs, optical reflectors, digital ballast, and wireless remote trigger. The innovation in using commercial HID bulbs, new design of optical reflectors, and lightweight and structurally strong materials, will enable CHIIS to achieve high-intensity illumination at low power consumption and low cost of manufacturing. As a result, this system offers illumination of 300,000 lumens over a 5 ft^2 area, size of about 0.125 ft^3, weight of<25 lb, cost of<$330/unit, and free standing capabilities, which directly address the Army requirements. In Phase I POC plans to study the need for such illumination source; design the illuminator through theoretical analysis; develop a prototype for feasibility study; study the environmental and safety concerns; and define metrics for Phase II progress monitoring. In Phase II, we will conduct a design review of the prototype CHIIS; fabricate and deliver two CHIIS prototypes to ARL for further testing.

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