Visible/UV Image Projector for Sensor Testing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-05-C-0121
Agency Tracking Number: F041-165-1028
Amount: $1,064,400.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-165
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
ACUMEN CONSULTING
6238 Covington Way, Goleta, CA, 93117
DUNS: 132083697
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Solomon
 President
 (805) 708-5084
 jwock@earthlink.net
Business Contact
 Steve Solomon
Title: President
Phone: (805) 708-5084
Email: jwock@earthlink.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Projecting high radiance, broadband scenes in the spectral range from 0.2-14 mm is desired to simulate operating environmental scenarios for testing ultraviolet , visible and infrared sensors in a hardware-in-the-loop environment. The ideal solution will provide high radiance levels over the entire spectral range along with the capability for both broad and narrowband emission, as is appropriate to the particular sensor under test. The adopted technology should be capable of being “tuned,” in the sense of projecting different spectral regions without having to change technology platforms, which would enable swapping out projector chips within a common projector system to meet differing sensor test requirements. Plasma display technology, the subject of this proposal, holds enormous potential for scene simulation across the spectrum in terms of its ability to produce very high radiance, as well as other critical performance figures of merit such as temporal response and dynamic range. Plasma-based devices are capable of high yields at relatively low cost due to the inherent device simplicity, the ability to leverage modern microelectronics-based techniques as well as a commercial plasma display community that continues to improve performance and drive manufacturing costs down.

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