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Polarimetric Sensor for Airborne Platforms

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 08-007
Solicitation Number:
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Polarimetric Sensor for Airborne Platforms
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-10-C-0042
Award Amount: $250,000.00


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 and measure the complete Stokes vector from a single focal plane in wavebands spanning the visible through the long wave infrared. Furthermore, this device has no moving parts, is non-lossy, and extremely compact. We will develop and demonstrate the polarimetric imager under the Phase I contract, and incorporate it into a compact multiband camera capturing simultaneous video in the visible and infrared in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

James Daly
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

W. Bodkin
Small Business Information at Submission:

Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC
P.O. Box 81386 Wellesley, MA 02481

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