Functionally Integrated Fast Steering Mirror

Period of Performance: 05/01/2000 - 04/10/2001

$99.5K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

RRR Tech
4121 Jacks Hollow Road
Williamsport, PA 17702
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The proposed technology promises to meet the requirements by introducing a newpiezoelectronically driven colocated sensoriactuation system. The novel sensor promises to enable 1nm resolution and 20 KHz bandwidth in a small package.The actuation mechanism is a unique high stiffness and shear strength actuation mechanismcapable of driving at high-bandwidth with no low coupling modes present. The results of this research are important for military and commercial optical systems. QorTek is exploring with Raytheon the markets for this new class ofadvanced optics that includes both DoD and non-DoD sales. Commercial applications will include adaptive optics systems for large, ground telescopes and rapid beam steering optics for laser paint strippers. There are a wide range of military systems that will benefit from these developments. These include laser weapons and anti-missile countermeasure systems as well as image stabilization mirrors for scanning arrays and airborne sensor applications.