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Real Time Parallel Channel Spectrometer for 3D Cloud Profiling

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
77074
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A064-023-0264
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
OPTRA, Inc
461 Boston Street Topsfield, MA 01983-1290
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Real Time Parallel Channel Spectrometer for 3D Cloud Profiling
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911SR-06-P-0046
Award Amount: $99,982.00
 

Abstract:

OPTRA is proposing the development of a 3D cloud profiling system that combines an innovative Imaging Open Path Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (I-OPFTIR) with advanced computational tomography algorithms. The proposed technology expands the capability of OP-FTIR systems to 3D profiling applications. It does this by adding a spatially dispersed array of sensors at the focal plane of a single interferometer. In this way, we maintain the high-performance of the OP-FTIR system without adding the bulk and expense of multiple systems. Moreover, the active measurement allows for detection when there would otherwise be zero contrast between the plume and background (a likely scenario for indoor test applications). System cost and weight will be further reduced by the use OPTRA's lightweight, low-cost retroreflector array. OPTRA will partner with Dr. Lori Todd of the University of North Carolina. Dr. Todd and her associates at UNC's School of Public Health have been applying infrared tomographic techniques to environmental monitoring applications for over ten years now and are the ideal partners for this STTR development The proposed system is an innovative and cost-effective means of profiling a chemical cloud in three dimensions. The proposed team represents decades of spectroscopic and tomographic experience

Principal Investigator:

Julia R. Dupuis
9788876600
jrentz@optra.com

Business Contact:

James R. Engel
President
9788876600
jengel@optra.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

OPTRA, INC.
461 Boston Street Topsfield, MA 01983

EIN/Tax ID: 042710274
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA
Dept of Environmental Sciences
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Contact: Dianne Sanford
Contact Phone: (919) 966-3411
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university