Long Range Imaging and Sensing

Period of Performance: 04/21/1997 - 07/21/1999

$765K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc.
7 Deer Park Drive,, Suite C
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

The USAF Phillips Laboratory has made significant advances in laser illuminated long range imaging using speckel and inteferometric techniques. While these advances can significantly improve the nation's capability to reconnoiter targets at long ranges and under adverse seeing conditions, their implementation requires fast framing detector arrays to sense the optical wavefront during the laser's short pulse interval. The goal of this effort is to develop an image sensor capable of frame rates up to 10 million frames per second. Phase II will complete the design of a "smart pixel" array that can capture 12 images at 10 MHz frame rates, during a laser pulse. This work draws on recent success in making and demonstrating an image sensor that has achieved one million frame per second operation, tailored for experimental research in fluid cavitation and gas dynamics. The prototype 10 million frame/sec camera system will be field tested and delivered to Phillips Laboratory at the conclusion of Phase II.