Final rept. 1 Sep 2009-31 Mar 2010
SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP SAN DIEGO CA
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SAIC has performed an effort to advance the state of the art in gradient-index GRIN nanolayered polymer optics. The goal of this study was to take significant risks off the table with regard to practical high-performance GRIN optical designs. The DARPA BOSS program had demonstrated a remarkable ability to finely control the behavior of light passing through a GRIN lens composed of hundreds of thousands of polycarbonate and acrylic plastic layers. The generalization of existing advanced imaging and nonimaging design capabilities to incorporate manufacturable GRIN lenses can provide imaging lens systems that are compact and lightweight and concentrators that operate closer to the thermodynamic limit. We have built the most sophisticated polymer GRIN lens system to date - a lightweight, fast, SWIR GRIN lens based on performance metrics consistent with Army Night Vision Lab NVL portable imaging programs.
- Numerical Mathematics