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Biologically Inspired Plasmonic Integrated Multi-Color Sensors (BI-PIMS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-13-M-0088
Agency Tracking Number: F12B-T03-0105
Amount: $149,949.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF12-BT03
Solicitation Number: 2012.B
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-03-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-12-02
Small Business Information
15 Presidential Way
Woburn, MA -
United States
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jung Yoon
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 935-1200
Business Contact
 Amanda Contardo
Title: Government Business Manager
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Research Institution
 President&Fellows of Harvard
 Marrybell Ramos
Office for Sponsored Programs 1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138-
United States

 (617) 495-0460
 Nonprofit College or University

ABSTRACT: In this program, Agiltron, Inc. and Harvard University will develop a biologically-inspired integrated sensor that can detect the UV, visible (VIS), near infrared (NIR), and mid-wave infrared (MWIR) bands. This sensor will be integrated with plasmonic filters to provide additional information from the radiation field that may not be available to common image sensors. The advanced integrated sensors will provide spectral information of those four bands in addition to information about polarization, temporal, and object shape information. In analogy to compound eyes of insects, all the information is gathered using advanced integrated sensors without the need for additional components. BENEFIT: This program addresses the lack of a single integrated sensor to extract most information from the electromagnetic radiation field to enable autonomous behavior. Currently, separate sensors sensitive to different bands (UV, visible, near-infrared, and mid-wave infrared) and to polarization are used. In addition to the benefits of size and weight reduction, integrating these sensors will allow better target discrimination by processing in one system the unique spectral and polarization signatures of the objects in a scene. The integrated sensor will be useful for camouflage breaking of static objects and autonomous behavior of vehicles. Potential applications of this technology include ISR sensors, sensors for autonomous vehicles, and missile seekers. Commercial applications include surveillance, search and rescue, and space-based imaging.

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