Development of Agile Laser Eye Protection (LEP)
Navy SBIR 2020.1 - Topic N201-020
NAVAIR - Ms. Donna Attick - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 14, 2020 - Closes: February 26, 2020 (8:00 PM ET)
AREA(S): Air Platform, Biomedical, Human Systems
PROGRAM: PMA202 Aircrew Systems
Design and develop “agile” laser eye protective filters that operate
independent of the incident wavelength in real time. Additionally, optical
transition technologies, such as photochromic or electrochromic sun protection,
may be developed.
With the recent increase in laser strikes on aircraft, the need exists to
protect the eyes of our Navy aircrews. Current Laser Eye Protection (LEP)
technology uses fixed filters that reject specific wavelength bands. This SBIR
topic seeks to develop filter technologies that can reject any laser regardless
of wavelength in the Ultraviolet (UV), Visible (VIS), and Near Infrared (NIR)
wavelength ranges (190-2000 nm).
Design, develop and demonstrate feasibility of filter technologies that detail
the specific characteristics of the filters (weight, transmittance (photopic
and scotopic), OD, optical power, maximum lens curvature, etc.). The Phase I
effort will include prototype plans to be developed under Phase II.
Developed and demonstrate prototype filter technology and work with the Navy
for laboratory testing and user assessments.
DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Further refine and finalize technology from Phase II
with an emphasis on manufacturability. Technologies developed through this
effort are expected to have commercial applications in law enforcement,
commercial aviation, construction, manufacturing, medical, and educational
facilities among others.
of Defense. MIL-DTL-43511D Visors, Flyer's Helmet, Polycarbonate. Everyspec,
of Defense. MIL-PRF-32432A Military Combat Eye Protection (MCEP) System.
Everyspec, 2018. http://everyspec.com/MIL-PRF/MIL-PRF-030000-79999/MIL-PRF-32432A_55832/
Laser Protection; Photochromic; Liquid Crystal; Tunable; Frequency Agile;
Electrochromic; Vision Protection; Optical Limiter; Nonlinear Optics