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Polarimetric Sensor for Air-to-Surface Missile Systems

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
92092
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A091-005-0283
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC
P.O. Box 81386 Wellesley, MA 02481-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Polarimetric Sensor for Air-to-Surface Missile Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0426
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Polarimetric imaging is a form of remote sensing that measures the relative intensity of the polarized components of reflected radiation from natural sources in an uncontrolled environment. In a natural scene, the majority of photons are randomly polarized. However, polarization can be induced by reflection off planar surfaces. This is particularly useful for detecting reflection from machined (man-made) surfaces. Polarization is also induced in an object's self-emitted (thermal) radiation. Polarization information has been demonstrated to discriminate targets/objects from camouflage and clutter. Additionally, it has been shown that partially buried land mines can be discriminated by the polarization content of their thermal self-emission. This proposal describes a unique polarimetric device that, when incorporated into an imaging camera, will produce two orthogonally polarized images from a single focal plane in wavebands spanning the visible through the long wave infrared. Furthermore, this device is non-lossy and extremely compact. Bodkin Design and Engineering, LLC (BD&E) specializes in the development of compact thermal imaging cameras with zoom capabilities, miniature hyperspectral and multi-spectral imagers. We will develop and demonstrate a LWIR polarimetric imager under the Phase I contract, and incorporate it into a compact multiband camera capturing simultaneous video in the MWIR and LWIR in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

David Biss
PI
6177951968
dbiss@bodkindesign.com

Business Contact:

A. Bodkin
Principal
6177951968
wab@bodkindesign.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BODKIN DESIGN & ENGINEERING, LLC
P.O. Box 81386 Wellesley, MA 02481

EIN/Tax ID: 020661112
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No