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Non-Cryocooled Dual-Band Infrared Imager

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
18160
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
18160
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: 1992
Title: Non-Cryocooled Dual-Band Infrared Imager
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $77,190.00
 

Abstract:

SDI requires dual band imaging technology. The approach may provide equivalent performance at far lower cost than discrete element IRFPA technologies. The project will develop a dual band IR imager using its photodichronic imaging (PDI) technology. A sensitive 8 to 12 micron imager has been demonstrated. Similarly designed materials have been demonstrated to be sensitive to different IR spectral bands. PDI involves: 1. modulation of photodichronic properties of one molecular group resulting from optical absorption in another, both groups linked in the molecule by pi electronics which determine response time and modulation characteristics; 2. near perfect molecular organization of these materials onto substrates by the Langmuir-Blodgett (L-B) process; and 3. the extreme sensitivity of ellipsometic techniques used to generate images. Dichronic materials act as both sensor and display, directly converting IR or UV images into visible ones. Images can be viewed directly by the eye, or by means of CCD cameras for missile IR seeker/tracker use. PDI requires no cryocooling, scanning, or electronic signal processing, and is all optical with no moving parts.

Principal Investigator:

David W. Gerdt, Phd
8042967000

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Imaging Science Technologies
P.o. Box 8175 Charlottesville, VA 22906

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