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H-PDLC Tunable Filter for Hyperspectral Imaging

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84981
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
85708
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
OPTRA, Inc
461 Boston Street Topsfield, MA 01983-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: H-PDLC Tunable Filter for Hyperspectral Imaging
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER86334
Award Amount: $99,744.00
 

Abstract:

Hyperspectral Imaging ,HIS, provides a means for detecting weapons of mass destruction. A core element of a HSI system is a tunable wavelength filter. There is a need for faster tunable wavelength filters than those that currently exist in practice. To address this need, this project will develop a tunable wavelength filter based on a holgraphically-formed, polymer-dispersed liquid crystal, HPDLC. This device, a composite consisting of a polymer and micron sized LC droplets, will provide improved electro-optical properties compared to traditional LC materials. Advantages include faster switching times, wide wavelength operating range across the ultraviolet-to-infrared spectrum, narrow wavelength resolution, and high transmission. After feasibility is demonstrated in Phase I, Phase II will combine the HPDLC filter with a compressive imaging architecture, in order to realize a complete HSI system. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: A HSI network of multiple sensors could be used simultaneously to monitor a given location and to acquire spectral content that provides the information needed to identify materials characterizing potential threats. This information can then be sent on to government and military security officials to initiate a suitable response.

Principal Investigator:

Craig Schwarze
Mr
9788876600
cschwarze@optra.com

Business Contact:

Dianne Young
Ms
9788876600
dyoung@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:
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875
Contact: Margaret Vigiolto
Contact Phone: (215) 895-5849
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university