Deep Stroke Micro-Electro-Mechanical, (MEM), Actuator for High-Speed Adaptive Optics for Extended Object Imaging

Period of Performance: 08/04/1997 - 08/04/1999


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

SY Technology, Inc.
4900 University Square, Suite 8
Huntsville, AL 35816
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


This Phase II effort will introduce low cost micromachine based adaptive optic systems into the commercial market. Further development in the commercial market and, the accompanying additional cost reductions, will make more advanced adaptive optic systems cost effective. Current systems are expensive and incapable of imaging extended objects through volume turbulence. More advanced systems would be capable of providing sharp images of extended objects. This capability has significant military applications. This Phase II will complete the development of a low cost micromachine deformable mirror device as the key component for two commercial medical products. The first product addresses a 30 million dollar medical market for microscope systems. In this effort we are teamed with Lovelace Biomedical Institute and RKC Technologies, Inc. The second product addresses a 10 million dollar medical market for retinal imaging systems. In this effort we are teamed with the University of Rochester. We will also demonstrate the military application of this device to correct the optical performance of interceptor missile seeker images using matching funds provided by Lockheed Martin. To accomplish all of these objectives, SY Technology will capitalize on the successful Phase I developments which designed the key micromachine component and its method of fabrication.