Small Business Innovation Research Awards

HartSCI has been awarded three separate Phase I projects, two SBIR programs and one STTR. Under these awards, HartSCI will develop an adaptive optics system, investigate the unique value of a three-sided pyramid wavefront sensor, and explore the miniaturization of sodium guide star lasers. 

The adaptive optics system will be designed to operate as a general purpose unit on 1-meter class telescopes. Additionally, the pyramid wavefront sensor will explore the sensitivity gain to be expected from the sensor’s unique geometry.  The guide star laser project will be carried out in partnership with the University of Arizona. It uses VECSEL technology and will offer scalable power in a design with very small mechanical footprint.