April 24, 2006, Orlando, FL--LightPath Technologies was awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from the Naval Air Warfare Center to develop molding technologies for infrared optical components. Lockheed Martin will provide technical support and guidance for this development.
These molding processes in infrared glass materials will provide lower costs for both government and commercial applications. LightPath has more than 20 years of experience molding visible and near-infrared aspherical optics. This grant will provide initial funding that will expand LightPath's existing technology and extend it into the mid- and long-wavelength infrared spectrum.
"Lower-cost infrared optics will enable new markets and applications in thermal imaging," said Ken Brizel, CEO and president of LightPath. "The U.S. government and commercial industries are making significant investments in reducing infrared detector costs. This program is the first step in reducing the cost of optical components, which are a large factor in overall system design."
The development program will enable larger infrared aspheric lenses and a broader market penetration, he added.