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AOTF LWIR Hyperspectral Imager

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911QX-15-C-0018
Agency Tracking Number: C2-0408
Amount: $224,420.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD13-104
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-08-26
Small Business Information
300 Oak Lake Road
New Kensington, PA 15068
United States
DUNS: 612588603
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Dennis Suhre
 (724) 337-6070
Business Contact
 Dennis Suhre
Title: Dr.
Phone: (724) 337-6070
Research Institution

Under a Phase II program, DRS Scientific will build, test, and deliver a new type of Acousto-Optic Tuned Filter (AOTF) hyperspectral imager that is compact, rugged, and inexpensive, has no moving parts, and is fast and sensitive. It will cover 8-12 micron wavelength range with 10 wavenumber spectral resolution or finer, and will have micro-Flick sensitivity with a cooled camera, and <50 micro-Flick with an uncooled camera. The AOTF uses the isotropic material AMTIR-1, and operates on principles completely different than birefringent material AOTFs. With isotropic materials, AOTFs will no longer be constrained to small, expensive, poor quality crystals that perform poorly. It will have low cost and simplicity, a large optical aperture, nontoxic materials, and easy fabrication. Minimal coupling optics are required, which will reduce optical losses and emission along with cost, and allow for a compact sensor that can be handheld. The remainder of the system is electronics and software.

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