High-Resolution Wide-Dynamic-Range MEMS-Based Closed-Loop Adaptive Optics System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-06-C-0027
Agency Tracking Number: F051-003-1490
Amount: $1,246,510.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-003
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
1717 Louisiana, NE Suite 202, Albuquerque, NM, 87110
DUNS: 005702329
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith Bush
 Senior Scientist
 (505) 268-4742
Business Contact
 Dennis Mansell
Title: President
Phone: (505) 268-4742
Email: dmansell@agiloptics.com
Research Institution
AgilOptics’ Phase I SBIR proposed the development of a moire¢ Wave-Front Sensor (MWFS) test-bed to evaluate the MWFS design developed and patented by the University of New Mexico (UNM) and to extend the design for use in a closed-loop Adaptive Optic (AO) system with a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) Deformable Mirror (DM) corrector. Our Phase I results have shown that the MWFS provides intensity measurements of wavefront curvature that, when calibrated, can be used to directly drive the actuators of a MEMS DM (with linear analog control) to correct wavefront aberrations. The MWFS measurement process essentially acts like an optical computer, linearizing the calculation of DM actuator commands for wavefront correction. The goals of the proposed Phase II effort are first to demonstrate closed-loop wavefront control using the MWFS to directly control MEMS DM correction and second to design, fabricate, test, and deliver a field-able AO system based on this technology.

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