Spatially Modulated Reflective Membranes for High-Dynamic-Range Wavefront Control

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F29601-03-M-0100
Agency Tracking Number: F031-3308
Amount: $99,724.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
INTELLITE
1717 Louisiana, NE Suite 202, Albuquerque, NM, 87110
DUNS: 005702329
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dennis Mansell
 Senior Scientist
 (505) 268-4742
 dmansell@intellite.com
Business Contact
 Dennis Mansell
Title: President
Phone: (505) 268-4742
Email: dmansell@intellite.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Diffractive wavefront control has been demonstrated as a viable technique for high-dynamic-range laser wavefront control. Unfortunately, most conventional programmable diffractive elements, like liquid crystals and segmented mirror arrays, are damagedwhen illuminated with high-power laser light. The proposed work would investigate approaches for scaling membrane deformable mirrors to provide high-energy laser wavefront control with a large number of actuators. Success in developing this technologywill provide the foundation to develop and market simpler, cheaper deformable mirrors for a variety of military and commercial applications. Government agencies that could utilize this technology include not only the DOD programs, but also NASA, the newDepartment of Homeland Security, and the NRO. Commercial applications in the fields of medical instruments, astronomy, photography, and optical equipment can also be expected.

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