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Passive, Active Stokes Polarization Imaging System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
73761
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-220-0372
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Polaris Sensor Technologies Inc.
200 Westside Square suite 320 Huntsville, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Passive, Active Stokes Polarization Imaging System
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W9113M-06-C-0003
Award Amount: $729,820.00
 

Abstract:

Field tests in a variety of scenarios indicate significant advantages to using polarization for enhancing target detection in cluttered backgrounds or backgrounds with countermeasures. Polarization provides additional information in these difficult detection scenarios and has strong potential to address a variety of Army and MDA needs. For midcourse scenarios, debris and decoy clouds, low thermal contrast, and target orientation determination can be addressed through the proposed imaging polarimeter. For the re-entry phase of an RV's trajectory, this imaging polarization sensor can provide aimpoint selection and orientation determination in the presence of a wake in the same manner as for boost phase in the presence of a plume. Polaris Sensor Technologies is developing such an imaging polarimeter incorporating an on-demand polarizer based on liquid crystal (LC) technology. The liquid crystal cell modulates the polarization rather than the intensity of the transmitted light. When the polarization mode is switched off, the liquid crystal does not limit the amount of unpolarized light reaching the focal plane due to the inherent loss of photons at the polarizer. This effort results in an imaging polarimeter operating in the visible spectrum.

Principal Investigator:

Art Lompado
Sr Physicist
2565620087
art@polarissensor.com

Business Contact:

David Chenault
President
2565620087
david@polarissensor.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

POLARIS SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Suite 320 West Court Square 200 Westside Square Huntsville, AL 35801

EIN/Tax ID: 431998920
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No