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UN-COOLED INFRARED IMAGING SYSTEM

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
9811
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
9811
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EMPIRICAL TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
BOX 8175, 3046A BERKMAR DRIVE CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22906-8175
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: UN-COOLED INFRARED IMAGING SYSTEM
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE DOD REQUIRES LOW-COST, HIGH-PERFORMANCE IR SENSORS CAPABLE OF DETECTING REDUCED OBSERVABLE IR SIGNATURES FROM MILITARY TARGETS. THE CONTRACTOR HAS UNIQUE PATENTED TECHNOLOGY FOR AN UN-COOLED IR SENSOR & IMAGING SYSTEM WITH NEAR MERCURY CADMIUM TELLURIDE (MCT) PERFORMANCE IN THE 10 MICRON REGION AT FAR LESS COST THAN MCT. THE TECHNOLOGY IS PHOTONIC, NOT THERMAL AND RELIES ON THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF A PHOTODICHROIC MATERIAL AFFORDING SUB-MICROSECOND RANGE RESPONSE TIMES. THE CONTRACTOR BELIEVES THIS IS THE ONLY TECHNOLOGY WHICH DIRECTLY CONVERTS AN IR SIGNAL INTO A VISIBLE ONE WITHOUUT ELECTRONIC CIRCUITRY. THE IMAGING SUBSTRATE IS A CONTINUOUS THIN FILM THAT ACTS AS BOTH SENSORS AND DISPLAY. INITIAL MATERIAL STUDIES HAVE ACHIEVED AN MRT OF 0.1 DEG C OVER A 19 DEG C RANGE. THE CONTRACTOR WILL INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING A PHOTODICHROIC POLYACETYLENE POLYMER ABSORBING 10 MICROMETER IR PHOTONS TO PROVIDE A LOW-COST UN-COOLED REAL-TIME IR IMAGING SYSTEM.

Principal Investigator:

Michael D Lockhart
8049787000

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Imaging Science Technologies
Po Box 8175 - 1425 Seminole/s# Charlottesville, VA 22906

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