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Passive Infrared Detection of Aerosolized Bacterial Spores

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10T019
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
deciBel Research, Inc.
325 Bob Heath Drive Huntsville, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Passive Infrared Detection of Aerosolized Bacterial Spores
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0094
Award Amount: $99,992.00


deciBel Research and our university partner, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)-Center for Imaging Science, propose to develop a dual MWIR/LWIR imaging polarimeter for the detection and discrimination of aerosolized biological spores. The system will exploit spectral absorption and MIE scattering-induced radiometric and polarimetric phenomenon exhibited by clouds of aerosolized biological spores. The prototype sensor to be delivered under Phase II will utilize a temporal acquisition architecture to acquire the polarimetric portion of the signatures while the dual MWIR and LWIR channels will exploit the spectral absorption signatures. Under the Phase I effort, the spectral and MIE scattering signatures of a candidate aerosolized biological spores will be estimated using models based on RIT's micro Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Image Generator (DIRSIG). Multi-variate analysis, such as Principal Components Analysis (PCA), will be used to identify key features of the spectro-polarimetric signatures for detection and discrimination. Sensor performance requirements will be derived and the performance of several sensor architectures will be evaluated with respect to these requirements. A concept design will then be completed under the Phase I effort while a field deployable prototype sensor will be fabricated under the Phase II program.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Jones
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Debbie Agarwal
Director of Contracts
Small Business Information at Submission:

deciBel Research, Inc.
PO Box 5368 Huntsville, AL 35814

EIN/Tax ID: 421551697
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Rochester Institute of Technology
141 Lomb Memorial Drive
Suite 2400
Rochester, NY 14623
Contact: Michael Gartley
Contact Phone: 5854757984