Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials said the agency selected 10 industry and academic research teams for the Enhanced Night Vision in Eyeglass Form (ENVision) program.
Authorities have indicated that ENVision’s goal is to take advantage of recent advances in planar optics and night vision (NV) system transduction materials to develop NV systems free of bulky image intensifiers. which provide a wider field of view (FOV), improved visual access on infrared bands and prove to be lightweight in order to reduce neck strain.
The teams selected in the first technical area are Physical Sciences, Inc., Raytheon Technologies Research Center, SRI International, University of California San Diego and University of Washington.
The teams selected in the second technical area are Raytheon BBN, Stanford University, University of Central Florida, University of Melbourne and University of Pennsylvania.
“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. “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 in the future to all-optical night vision systems without the need for image intensifiers.