Zoom Clip-On Thermal Imager

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-12-C-0012
Agency Tracking Number: A121-042-0310
Amount: $99,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-042
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Electro-Optics Systems Division, 1845 W. 205th Street, To, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward DeHoog
 Senior Engineer
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
To address the Army"s need for a cost-effective method of optically performing sensor fusion of thermal and night vision imagery, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Variable Magnification Optical Fused Clip-On Thermal Imager (ZoomCOTI). The system is based on novel uses of POC"s see-through imaging waveguide and Alvarez lens for variable magnification (zooming) to provide a new clip-on thermal imaging capability to conventional scopes, binoculars, and camera. ZoomCOTI"s unique design utilizes advanced optical components using mature optical fabrication technology and COTS components. As a result, ZoomCOTI offers a method of providing a clip-on thermal imaging system with variable magnification, lightweight, low-power, and high-resolution, overcoming the limitations of existing state-of-the-art clip-on systems and directly addressing the Army"s requirements. In Phase I, POC will identify, evaluate, and compare the ZoomCOTI system concepts against existing technologies and systems based on cost, weight, power consumption, resolution, predicted thermal range, and magnification. We will also conduct research to determine the level of compatibility of optical overlay concepts with legacy hardware. In Phase II, we will further optimize the ZoomCOTI system to meet the Army"s needs, fabricate and deliver a prototype with documentation for evaluation and future transition.

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