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Dual Band Imager


OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Integrated Sensing and Cyber OBJECTIVE: The innovative approach of this topic is the focus on reduced SWAP (size, weight, and power) in addition to performance. DESCRIPTION: Missions require the use of multiple sensors in order to achieve specific objectives. The sensors used extended range imaging applications relies on antiquated technology resulting in extreme sensitivity to Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP). Current dismounted sensors configurations either necessitate separate imaging devices, or complex optical filtering schemes that increase system SWaP in order to maintain operational effectiveness in all environments. Lastly, imaging sensors allow for more advanced target discrimination against advanced threats in multiple bands, complex scenes and various atmospheric conditions. If multiple sensor bands can be imaged simultaneously on the same detector, lower SWaP and less sensitive subcomponent alignments (lower SWaP/environmental factors) is gained resulting in less complex systems. PHASE I: Phase I is anticipated 3 months to complete a System Design Review, covering systems trade analysis and optimization of performance vs anticipated SWaP, with the goals of phase II below as the basis. The final design will be illustrated with conceptual drawings and performance predictions to at the detector level to support system-level feasibility studies by the Government. Additional details/specifications to be provided to firm upon award. PHASE II: Phase II is anticipated <20 months to further develop and finalize dual-band detectors specifically tailored for the dismounted Soldier on stacked structures for simultaneous imaging capabilities in the Short Wave and Mid-Wave Infrared. This project will study varying detector design parameters to minimize crosstalk while improving the detector Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) when paired with optimized optical configurations while producing prototypes for test and integration. The Integrated Dewar Cooler Assembly shall be tailored for dismounted applications and be light weight with minimal power consumption. The IDECA FPA shall have a minimum format of 1280 x 720 with a minimal detector pixel pitch. The project will be validated in two approaches; one with Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) optics for demonstration of final imaging performance, then retrofitted into an existing host prototype. Additional details/specifications to be provided to firm upon award. PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Complete the maturation of the company’s technology developed in Phase II and produce prototypes to support further development and commercialization. KEYWORDS: Infrared; sensors; imager; camera systems; dual-band optics; laser guidance REFERENCES: High Operating Temperature (HOT) SWIR/MWIR Dual-band 2-channel and Broadband Detectors for Weapon Targeting and IR Seekers | HexaBlu | Commercial Infrared Solutions (
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