Imaging Infrared System with Extended Depth of Field Focusing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,790.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
W911NF-04-C-0079
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A045-005-0129
Solicitation Topic Code:
A04-T005
Small Business Information
AUTOMATIC RECOGNITION & CONTROL, INC.
24 Widewaters Lane, Pittsford, NY, 14534
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
149820909
Principal Investigator
 Conger Gabel
 Chief Executive Officer
 (585) 244-0680
 cgabel@mindspring.com
Business Contact
 Conger Gabel
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (585) 244-0680
Email: cgabel@mindspring.com
Research Institution
 Rochester Institute of Technology
 Professor M Abushag
 77 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY, 14623
 (585) 475-2295
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate an innovative optical detection and imaging system that will allow battlefield imaging through smoke, dust and fog obscurants in the 10 micron wavelength range. The Phase I effort will deliver a feasibility concept design and a prototype instrument. The system employs a multi-mode, diffraction-limited, infrared telescope that can operate either in a passive mode or in an active mode using 10.6 micron laser illumination. This is the first system of its kind, including the following innovative capabilities: 10 times improvement in the depth of field as compared to standard optical systems, uncooled microbolometer array for ease of operation, elimination of cat's eye reflection, use of narrow band filter in the active mode of operation to improve signal to noise performance, and computer controls for automated operation. The proposed, final system will be small, portable and designed for battlefield environments. The primary optics is 10 inches in diameter. Low cost is achieved through small size and use of state-of-the-art, commercially available components. The system is designed to operate in the range from 500 feet to 10 miles with a minimum of focus adjustment required because of the extended depth of field capability.

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