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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,724.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F29601-03-M-0100
Award Id:
62209
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-3308
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1717 Louisiana, NE Suite 202, Albuquerque, NM, 87110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005702329
Principal Investigator:
Dennis Mansell
Senior Scientist
(505) 268-4742
dmansell@intellite.com
Business Contact:
Dennis Mansell
President
(505) 268-4742
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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