NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 S2.04-9355
SUBTOPIC TITLE: X-Ray Mirror Systems Technology, Coating Technology for X-Ray-UV-OIR, and Free-Form Optics
PROPOSAL TITLE: Freeform Optics: A Non-Contact "Test Plate" for Manufacturing

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Optimax Systems, Inc.
6367 Dean Parkway
Ontario, NY 14519 - 8939
(585) 217-0729

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Brian Walker Myer
6367 Dean Parkway
Ontario, NY 14519 - 8939
(585) 265-1020

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Tom Kelly
6367 Dean Pkwy
Ontario, NY 14519 - 8939
(585) 217-0729

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
X-Ray Mirror Systems Technology, Coating Technology for X-Ray-UV-OIR, and Free-Form Optics is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The goal of this NASA SBIR Phase I study is to determine the feasibility of measuring precision (fractional wave) freeform optics using non-contact areal (imaging) optical sensors measuring slope data.

Fabrication of a physical "test plate" for each freeform design is impractical and cost prohibitive. Nevertheless, surfaces must be inspected while the part is still fixed or blocked (one surface exposed).

The proposed innovation is a non-contact metrology method for manufacture of precision freeform optical surfaces; a tool to play the role of the test plate in conventional optical testing. The proposed method is to be implemented as close to the CNC machine as possible to provide rapid and regular feedback to opticians throughout manufacture.

Once implemented into the freeform manufacturing process, this procedure has great potential to streamline processing while increasing the manufacturing technician's information about surface condition during production. NASA and many other agencies and companies have a stated critical need for high-quality freeform optical components, and will benefit from improvements to production and testing of freeforms. Metrology is currently one gating item in the manufacturing of precision freeform surfaces.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
All off-axis aspheric or non-rotationally symmetric surfaces that require high precision wavefront quality would benefit from the innovation outlined in this proposal. The optical design industry has been and continues to be interested in freeform optics, and with each new design the demand for higher precision increases.

Freeform optics relevant to NASA include

-the "steeply aspheric 8.4 m diameter off-axis GMT mirror"
-"x-ray and UV imaging instruments on weather satellites"
-a diamond machined freeform mirror in the IRMOS spectrometer at the Kitt Peak National Observatory
-a three mirror telescope system
-coronagraphs for exo-solar planet search

These examples indicate that future NASA missions will require precision freeform optical components.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Freeform optics are quickly becoming part of many commercial and military optical systems. Many optical designers are starting to use freeform optics to achieve optical performance (less aberrations), lighter weight optical systems through a reduced number of components, and an increased ability to go off axis with smaller and tighter packages. Optimax is starting to offer commercial quality freeforms as a standard component. We are seeing designs for beam shaping, corrector plates, conformal windows, and head-up displays for example. A variety of flexible in-house metrology capabilities is necessary due to the exotic nature of the optics.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Adaptive Optics
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE; NDT)

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