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Plasmonic Infrared Scene Projector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-18-C-0073
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-022-0191
Amount: $749,988.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T022
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-08-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-09
Small Business Information
1209 W. Gore St.
Orlando, FL 32805
United States
DUNS: 080123658
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Pedro Figueiredo
 (754) 581-2724
Business Contact
 Robert Peale
Phone: (407) 256-9884
Research Institution
 University of Central Florida
 Reza Abdolvand
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
United States

 (407) 823-1760
 Nonprofit College or University

Truventic proposes to design, build and characterize a 5x5 array of fully functional MEMS-based plasmonic infrared scene projector pixels which operate at multiple wavelengths to support hardware-in-the-loop testing of missile seekers, forward looking IR cameras (FLIR), counter measure simulation and tracking systems. The approach avoids known limitations of resistive arrays and provides high dynamic range, unprecedented high apparent temperature, high modulation rates, high pixel to pixel contrast, and continuous signal. The approach has low power requirements and is fabricated from standard materials by low-cost CMOS processing. The broad collimated beam of a single infrared source is internally reflected from the face of a prism. The intensity of the reflection is spatially modulated using an MEMS array of metal pixels in close proximity to the prism face. The separation between each metal pixel and the prism face is electrically controlled. Excitation of highly localized surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) on the metal plates draws power out of the reflected beam at the position of the pixel. SPP excitation depends exponentially on the controlled separation, allowing electronic control over a full dynamic range with high intensity resolution and at high frame rates.

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