Lightweight Optics for High Energy Applications

Period of Performance: 03/10/2005 - 09/01/2008

$830K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Schafer Corp.
321 Billerica Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The Air Force is interested in high stiffness, lightweight technologies for beam control of tactical airborne and relay mirror high-energy laser systems. The corrected system wavefront error can be minimized using low figure error/surface finish, low print-through, high-stiffness, Silicon Lightweight Mirror Systems (SLMS ) technology with high-reflectivity, very low absorption (VLA) coatings. Some specific organizations and missions within the Department of Defense requiring high-performance lightweight mirror technology include MDA/AL/MP/AS and ABL, ARMS, ATL, EKV, and STSS. In Phase II we will demonstrate the scalability of SLMS technology by producing a bonded, high-stiffness, 50 cm aperture F/1.25 on-axis parabolic SLMS with dual-band coatings (1.06 micron and 1.315 micron) and a targeted areal density of