A New Generation of Polymer Fiber Optic Image Inverter

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,902.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-5419
Award Id:
72999
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-139-2306
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:
Jack Salerno
VP of Technology
(978) 694-1006
jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Mary Davoli
Contract Administrator
(978) 694-1006
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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