The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the selection of 10 academic and industrial research teams for a program that aims to develop lightweight night vision goggles that could provide a wider field of vision and better visual access through infrared bands. using advances in optical transduction and planar materials.
The Enhanced Night Vision in Eyeglass Form program includes both technical fields and the physical sciences, Raytheon Technologies Research Center, SRI International, University of California San Diego and University of Washington were the teams selected to work on the first technical area, DARPA said Wednesday.
“Teams in the first technical area are developing technologies that could significantly reduce the footprint and volume of a night vision system’s lens, intensifier and eyepiece,” said Rohith Chandrasekar, head of the ENVision program at DARPA’s Office of Defense Science.
Raytheon BBN, Stanford University, University of Central Florida, University of Melbourne and University of Pennsylvania will work on the second technical area of the ENVision program.
“Teams in the second technical area are exploring ways to directly convert and amplify light from infrared to visible using new materials and upconversion processes. These efforts could potentially lead to all-optical night vision systems in the future without the need for image intensifiers,” Chandrasekar noted.