Novel Infrared Imaging Fiber Optic Bundles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-05-C-0037
Agency Tracking Number: F041-292-2790
Amount: $749,941.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-292
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
220 Ballardvale St., Suite D, Wilmington, MA, 01887
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jack Salerno
 VP of Technology
 (978) 694-1006
Business Contact
 Mary Davoli
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (978) 694-1006
Research Institution
This program addresses the development of a new fiber bundle technology for infrared imaging in the spectral range of 1-12 microns. Currently there is no single fiber system that covers this broad wavelength range. Agiltron proposed technology relies on the excellent IR properties of heavy halides (MXn, where X=Cl, Br, I), the only materials with the broad-band spectral transparency required. Based on the successful Phase I demonstration of heavy halide fiber drawn directly from a liquid phase, further Phase II efforts will optimize fiber process and bundle fabrication. By applying a novel technology called “fiber direct-drawn from liquid,” fiber with unlimited length and thin diameter can be made that overcomes the intrinsic shortfalls of current IR fiber technologies. High performance fiber bundles will be developed and demonstrated. Agiltron’s fiber bundle will exhibit high imaging resolution, mechanical flexibility, high imaging effective area ratio and low loss.

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