Novel Infrared Imaging Fiber Optic Bundles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,931.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9101-04-M-0035
Award Id:
67874
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-292-2790
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
220 Ballardvale St., Suite D, Wilmington, MA, 01887
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
JackSalerno
VP of Technology
(978) 694-1006
jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
ToniScaglione
Contract Administrator
(978) 694-1006
tscaglione@agiltron.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Currently available IR fibers are inadequate for fiberoptic IR imager applications due to their narrow transmission range, unacceptably large optical loss, and high cost. These deleterious features have also hampered their acceptance for applications in chemical sensing, thermometry, and laser power delivery. In this program, Agiltron Inc. proposes to develop an entirely new type of IR fiber that holds the promise of providing inexpensive, rugged, high fiber-count bundles for commercial use in the mid-IR spectrum range. Our novel approach is advantageously based on a bromide glass material system of remarkably high performance and closely coupled with a clad glass technology. The innovation potentially offers a new generation of inexpensive IR fibers, transparent over the entire mid-IR spectral range (1-12 mm) and having ultra-low optical loss comparable to that of communication fibers. In the Phase I program, we will demonstrate the feasibility by producing low loss IR fiber with a novel direct fiber drawing method. The material optimization and practical IR fiber image bundle will also be systematically studied.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government