The MONTAGE (Multiple Optical Non-Redundant Aperture Generalized Sensors) program is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). Program managers are Dr. Ravindra Athale and Dr. Dennis M. Healy, Jr. DARPA's MONTAGE web site notes, “Recent advances in technologies for optical wavefront manipulation, optical detection, and digital post-processing have opened new possibilities for imaging systems in the visible and IR regimes, suggesting the development of imaging systems which differ dramatically in form fit and function from time-honored camera designs. The MONTAGE program seeks to develop and demonstrate truly revolutionary imaging systems obtained by intelligent integration of the advancing capabilities of the individual optical, detection, and processing subsystems. This integration will exploit recent advances in system optimization methods, which provide an emerging capability for co-design and joint optimization of the optical, detection, and processing aspects of imaging systems.”
Distant Focus managed the design, construction, and integration of hardware for the DARPA sponsored MONTAGE program. Our Phase 1 challenge was to showcase the novel optical architectures and revolutionary design optimization paradigms developed by our team.
For additional information regarding the MONTAGE program download this Information Packet or visit the following web sites: