Multi-Aperture Coherent Interferometric Telescopic Array Infrared Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$149,999.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-13-M-1635
Agency Tracking Number:
F131-071-0965
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF131-071
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Division Systems, 1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator:
Tin Aye
Technology Vice-President
(310) 320-3088
EOSProposals@poc.com
Business Contact:
Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ABSTRACT: To address the Air Force need for a space-based, low-weight, low-volume MWIR and SWIR, interferometric IR sensor, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Multi-Aperture Coherent Interferometric Telescopic Array Infrared (MACInTIR) sensor. The proposed MACInTIR sensor system is based on a unique combination of a coherent telescopic array, orthogonal 2x2 array Fizeau interferometer beam combiner optics, low-power, compact, liquid, crystal-based, multispectral tunable filters, wave-front sensors and correctors, high-resolution SWIR and MWIR sensor-arrays, a real-time image processor, and control electronics. The phased-array telescopes and Fizeau interferometer optics allow the MACInTIR sensor to be utilized as a long-range, passive space-based, IR-imaging payload, with a large, effective aperture of minimum size, weight, and power. By electronically correcting and combining the optical fields of the telescope array, high-resolution imagery can be achieved. In Phase I, POC will develop a preliminary design for the MACInTIR sensor, evaluate its effectiveness by modeling, and demonstrate the feasibility of fabrication using a laboratory prototype. In Phase II, POC will develop and test a prototype MACInTIR sensor system, demonstrate its capability to perform multi-aperture interferometry and provide high-resolution long-range IR images, and identify a path toward space-flight-ready IR sensor hostable payloads as well as performance improvement. BENEFIT: The MACInTIR sensor system, with its small SWaP and high performance will be extremely useful for a wide range of DoD space and aircraft sensor platforms. As a result, high-resolution long-range IR imaging could be easily achieved with a smaller, low-cost system. Commercial applications include commercial IR surveillance satellites, space telescopes (NASA), homeland security, law enforcement, aerial surveillance, agriculture, and geospatial imaging.

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