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Passive Infrared Detection of Aerosolized Bacterial Spores

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0082
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-019-0077
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T019
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-09-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-20
Small Business Information
590 Territorial Drive, Suite B
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
United States
DUNS: 068568588
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Audrius Budrys
 Senior Engineer
 (630) 771-0203
Business Contact
 Sivalingam Sivananthan
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (630) 771-0203
Research Institution
 University of Michigan
 Amanda Coulter
1st Floor Room 1064 3003 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

 (734) 764-7250
 Nonprofit college or university

The capability to reliably and remotely detect, identify and track biological aerosols is a critical need for the United States military. EPIR Technologies proposes to improve this capability by making use of the infrared signatures from biological aerosol broadband Mie scattering, comprising both mid and long wavelength infrared (MW/LWIR) components, as well as a potential polarization component. EPIR proposes to meet this need with the design and fabrication of a passive standoff sensor based upon molecular beam epitaxy-grown n-p-n HgCdTe simultaneous two-color infrared focal plane arrays (FPAs) capable of MW/LWIR detection combined with a differential polarization detection capability. Phase I will focus on performance modeling and system trades including FPA geometry, spectral response, noise requirements and operating temperature to meet the system requirements while minimizing cost and risk, and maximizing yield. A parallel effort in Phase I will include polarization grid test structure design, fabrication, and testing on an infrared transparent material. Phase II will focus on infrared detector array prototyping and characterization, as well as system design and fabrication. Phase III will focus on manufacturing with design refinements including field deployable packaging and increasing detection capabilities to include chemical vapors as well as the primary objective of biological aerosols.

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