Optical Aperture Gating for Single-pixel and Imaging LIDAR Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0208
Agency Tracking Number: N093-164-0052
Amount: $749,329.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-164
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
214 North Main Street, North Wales, PA, 19454-
DUNS: 039026588
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pavlo Molchanov
 Senior Scientist
 (215) 699-0622
 pmolchanov@ampactech.com
Business Contact
 Rudolph Lucente
Title: Vice President
Phone: (215) 699-0622
Email: rudylucente@ampactech.com
Research Institution
 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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