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Advances in Infrared Target Scene Projection for Munition Testing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-23-C-A014
Agency Tracking Number: F212-0003-0109
Amount: $999,993.93
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF212-0003
Solicitation Number: 21.2
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-06-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-09-15
Small Business Information
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Huntsville, AL 35806-2900
United States
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HUBZone Owned: No
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dana Dement
 (256) 715-6949
Business Contact
 Tanu Singhal
Phone: (256) 361-0799
Research Institution

To achieve realistic imagery for hardware-in-the-loop testing, infrared scene projectors (IRSPs) must be capable of displaying scenes with fast refresh rates, high resolution, and radiometrically accurate output to properly test IR sensors. During the Phase II effort, CFD Research, along with our partners, the University of Chicago and Optical Sciences Corporation, will develop a novel IRSP system based on quantum dot MWIR emitters. Though materials engineering, we will continue to improve the MWIR emission properties of QD materials synthesized in Phase I and create high quality QD films. We will then couple the QD screen to an optical excitation system for radiometric testing. Colloidal QDs are synthesized in solution, making them compatible with a number of straightforward, low-cost deposition methods that allow them to be cast over large areas. Further, as shown in the Phase I effort, by decoupling the IR emitter material from the optical excitation source, the thermal and photonic properties can be engineered beyond what is possible for resistive arrays or IR-LEDs. This can dramatically improve the radiometric, spatial, and temporal performance of ISRP systems used by the Air Force and throughout the DoD.

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