Optical Aperture Gating for Single-pixel and Imaging LIDAR Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,329.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0208
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N093-164-0052
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N093-164
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
214 North Main Street, North Wales, PA, 19454-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
039026588
Principal Investigator:
Pavlo Molchanov
Senior Scientist
(215) 699-0622
pmolchanov@ampactech.com
Business Contact:
Rudolph Lucente
Vice President
(215) 699-0622
rudylucente@ampactech.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Fast gating or shuttering of light through a large aperture is possible with a HOE (holographic optical element) written into new novel materials such as, but not limited to, EO polymers. These materials can be non-birefringent thin or thick films applied to an optical substrate of a square centimeter or larger. The refractive index of EO polymers can be switched fast (10 to 100 nanoseconds) by applying an electric field across the film. Based on our Phase I results and successful tests, we plan to build an optimised collimator that will function as follows: collected input light would first pass through the beam-shaping collimating HOE and then be gated with the EO polymer HOE. This would simultaneously meet FOV requirements and gating requirements.

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