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Multiband Infrared (IR) Seeker

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
81688
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-016-0202
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vega Technology & Systems Inc.
7980 Kingsbury Drive Hanover Park, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Multiband Infrared (IR) Seeker
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-08-C-0185
Award Amount: $400,000.00
 

Abstract:

We propose a large-format LWIR HgCdTe Focal Plane Array that can perform rudimentary signal pre-processing and increase pixel well dynamic range, thereby elevating seeker abilities to acquire, track, and discriminate enemy targets. This approach, supported by Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems, is based on a novel differential dual pixel design using pairs of adjacent pixels each connected in an inverted, parallel configuration. With this invention, referred to by its inventor as an "opsistor," common mode rejection of incident radiation and noise suppression can be performed simultaneously. Noise mitigation is achieved by the unique ability of this "opsistor" structure to code input optical signals with a polarity modulation pattern that permits signals to be recovered after MCT sensor detection with greater than 15dB of signal-to-noise improvement. This noise mitigation feature can permit the development of a new generation of low-cost, high-performance (large D*) smart IR focal plane arrays well matched to the requirements of THAAD and multiple kill vehicle (MKV) programs. During Phase I, we effectively demonstrated that single "opsistor" MWIR and LWIR pixels can successfully recover very weak polarity-coded target signals buried deep in noise. Similar success is expected in Phase II for the proposed opsistor-technology-based MCT focal plane array.

Principal Investigator:

Vincent Y. Chow
President
6307880306
vincentychow@gmail.com

Business Contact:

Vincent Y. Chow
President
6307880306
vincentychow@gmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

VEGA TECHNOLOGY & SYSTEMS, INC.
7980 Kingsbury Drive Hanover Park, IL 60133

EIN/Tax ID: 363994199
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No