High Apparent Temperature Diffraction-Limited Cryogenic Scene Projector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-07-M-0027
Agency Tracking Number: F071-347-3298
Amount: $99,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-347
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
4160 Market St., Suite 6, Ventura, CA, 93003
DUNS: 145925520
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jonathan Geske
 (805) 642-4645
Business Contact
 Michael MacDougal
Title: Vice-President, Engineering
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Email: macdougal@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution
Aerius photonics is proposing a cryogenic compatible scene projector designed for the test and evaluation of multi-spectral missile interceptor systems. This technology is based on the high apparent temperature MWIR scene projector concept developed by Aerius for the MDA and currently being constructed for KHILS facility. The proposed scene projector, called the Cryogenic Scalable Infrared Projection System (Cryo-SIPS) is a multi-spectral high apparent temperature scene projector. The projector utilizes fiber-optic image array transmission suitable for use in cryogenic space chambers. The Cyro-SIPS is differentiated from other fiber optics approaches in that it is able to maintain diffraction limited projection throughout the optics train to minimize scattered light, background noise, cross-talk, and deliver high radiance levels to the sensor under test. In Phase I Aerius will conduct feasibility studies to adapt the MWIR SIPS design concept into a projector approach suitable for use at cryogenic temperatures across a broad band of wavelengths. Aerius will then demonstrate the controlled projection of a 64 pixel image array. In Phase II Aerius will deliver a 512x512 solution for cryogenic testing of missile interceptor systems.

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