Variable Magnification Clip-On Thermal Imager (COTI)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-12-C-0017
Agency Tracking Number: A121-042-0875
Amount: $99,854.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-042
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Diffraction, Ltd
186 Mad River Park, Wa, VT, -
DUNS: 795156629
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Kogut
 General Manager
 (802) 496-6640
Business Contact
 Robert Kogut
Title: General Manager
Phone: (802) 496-6640
Research Institution
Clip-On Thermal Imagers (COTIs) have greatly increased the utility of night vision goggles (NVGs). Fusion of thermal and image intensified imagery has improved the warfighter's ability to quickly detect and then target or record potential targets and threats. Current generation COTIs are unity magnification systems optimized to work with unity magnification optical systems. Modifying the design of the COTI to add thermal magnification while maintaining alignment of the fused imagery and minimizing loss of resolution, contrast, and sensitivity will make it possible to equip high and/or variable magnification optical systems with a Clip-On Thermal Imager. In Phase I, Diffraction LTD and its partner Optics 1 will identify viable concepts for achieving a Variable Magnification Clip-On Thermal Imager (VM-COTI), analyze the performance of those conceptual designs, and analyze the performance impact on the optical systems that they"ll be used with. The analysis will quantify the expected performance of the various VM-COTI designs with regards to a number of key performance parameters. The optimal design will be identified and pursued in a follow-on Phase II effort.

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