Parallel Reconfigured Line Image Scanning Miniature Super-High-Resolution Light Engine

Period of Performance: 04/07/2006 - 05/07/2008


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Physical Optics Corp.
1845 West 205th Street Array
Torrance, CA 90501
Principal Investigator


Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to continue developing the Parallel Reconfigured Line Image Scanning Miniature (PRISM) display to meet U.S. Air Force needs for a super-high-resolution, compact, full-color, ejection safe, and see-through helmet-mounted display (HMD). Based on our successful development of the Phase I light engine module, POC proposes a superhigh-resolution (~4kx3k), ejection-safe, ergonomic, inexpensive (30 Hz), high-contrast (1000:1), display with wide dynamic range (4-5,000 fL) brightness for day/night vision, wide field-of-view (>80 degrees). POC s approach is based on an advanced design integrating separate lower-resolution frames generated by fast liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) chips into a superhigh-resolution image by frame transformation. The frames are transformed by RGB holograms along with a MEMS-based scanner to complete high-resolution images. In Phase I we successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the PRISM display in the monochrome regime. Our Phase II efforts will focus on integrating a LCOS with an RGB light source, image transformation element, miniature scanner, and compact projection optics into a flyable brassboard prototype, a ready-for-commercialization superhigh-resolution (>2.5k x 2k pixel) HMD superior to existing technology and compatible with the HGU55/P standard helmet.