NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S2.03-7856
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced Optical Systems and Fabrication/Testing/Control Technologies for EUV/Optical and IR Telescope
PROPOSAL TITLE: Phase Reconfigurable Nulling Interferometer

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8878
(303) 604-0077

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Hugh Masterson
hmasterson@bnonlinear.com
450 Courtney Way
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8878
(303) 604-0077

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Mark Tanner
mtanner@bnonlinear.com
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8878
(303) 604-0077

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Advanced Optical Systems and Fabrication/Testing/Control Technologies for EUV/Optical and IR Telescope is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
We propose the use of a phase reconfigurable spatial light modulator (SLM) in place of a static computer generated hologram (CGH) in interferometric test systems for next generation meter class telescope optics. A liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) SLM offers additional flexibility, potentially higher measurement precision, and relaxed alignment requirements over static CGHs. Programmable phase provides the user with the ability to test different optical components without requiring the design of a different CGH in each case. Applying the phase to the SLM in-situ, to generate the optical null, greatly relaxes the requirements for the critical alignment precision associated with CGHs. Additional measurement precision may be achieved by applying additional piston phase changes to the SLM hologram in the manner of a vibration free phase shifting interferometer. Phase errors due to air currents could potentially be removed on the fly, and phase errors in other system components could also be compensated. Phase I examines a small format 512x512 10 bit SLM on a benchtop test interferometer to validate the concept using commercial off the shelf (COTS) components. A phase II continuation would implement a 31mm square large format 1536x1536 SLM with 768 waves of applicable phase stroke.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Optical test metrology for giant telescope mirrors; beam steering for satellite communication links; holographic optical trapping.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Optical test metrology for giant telescope mirrors; optical test metrology for small scale commercial and custom optics; ground and satellite based beam steering; holographic optical trapping in biotechnology; multi-photon microscopy in biotechnology.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Adaptive Optics
Analytical Methods
Gratings
Interferometric (see also Analysis)
Mirrors
Prototyping
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Telescope Arrays

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