A New Generation of Polymer Fiber Optic Image Inverter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-5419
Agency Tracking Number: F051-139-2306
Amount: $99,902.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-139
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
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
 jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Mary Davoli
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (978) 694-1006
Email: maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In this program, leveraging our extensive experience in micro-precision fiber optic products and nano-composite engineering, Agiltron Incorporated proposes to realize high refractive index polymer fibers and associated polymer optic inverters, potentially meeting all the required level of performance. The new class of high performance polymer fiber consists of high refractive organic/inorganic composite core, organic cladding, and high efficient absorption coating. In additional to achieve the anticipated over 70% weight and cost reduction, our approach offers excellent image resolution with minimum distortion and maximum light efficiency. This is achieved through synthesizing large index refraction nano-composite polymer fiber core with unconventionally large optical collecting power. Moreover, a novel organic chromophores technology will be incorporated to produce a highly efficient stray light thin absorb layer for high clarity and resolution. Agiltron will develop the entire inverter fabrication process of polymer synthesis, fiber drawing, assembled, fused, and twist to form high resolution, vacuum tight, solid fiber arrays. This device holds a promise of replacing current glass fiber optic inverters for a new generation of night vision goggles. In Phase I, the feasibility of the proposed approach will be demonstrated.

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