Membrane-Based Deformable Mirrors for High Power Laser Systems
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-081
Topic Title: Membrane-Based Deformable Mirrors for High Power Laser Systems
Proposal No.: N131-081-0687
Firm: MZA Associates Corporation
2021 Girard Blvd. SE
Suite 150
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106-3140
Contact: Justin Mansell
Phone: (505) 245-9970
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Abstract: The demonstration of polymer membrane deformable mirrors capable of receiving a high-reflectivity coating and handling high energy laser radiation enables the potential for a new generation of low-cost DMs for directed energy weapons. To achieve high actuator count and high speed, a new structural architecture need to be demonstrated. We propose to develop this architecture to achieve a low-cost DM with high reflectivity and scalable to both a large aperture and a large number of actuators while maintaining a high response speed.
Benefits: Development of this DM will enable a significant cost reduction of directed energy weapons beam control cost and enable a much greater capability. This technology will have spin-off applications in ophthalmology, astronomy, laser communications, and laser machining.