Polarimetric Sensor for Air-to-Surface Missile Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0426
Award Id:
92092
Agency Tracking Number:
A091-005-0283
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 81386, Wellesley, MA, 02481
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
883404931
Principal Investigator:
DavidBiss
PI
(617) 795-1968
dbiss@bodkindesign.com
Business Contact:
A.Bodkin
Principal
(617) 795-1968
wab@bodkindesign.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Polarimetric imaging is a form of remote sensing that measures the relative intensity of the polarized components of reflected radiation from natural sources in an uncontrolled environment. In a natural scene, the majority of photons are randomly polarized. However, polarization can be induced by reflection off planar surfaces. This is particularly useful for detecting reflection from machined (man-made) surfaces. Polarization is also induced in an object's self-emitted (thermal) radiation. Polarization information has been demonstrated to discriminate targets/objects from camouflage and clutter. Additionally, it has been shown that partially buried land mines can be discriminated by the polarization content of their thermal self-emission. This proposal describes a unique polarimetric device that, when incorporated into an imaging camera, will produce two orthogonally polarized images from a single focal plane in wavebands spanning the visible through the long wave infrared. Furthermore, this device is non-lossy and extremely compact. Bodkin Design and Engineering, LLC (BD&E) specializes in the development of compact thermal imaging cameras with zoom capabilities, miniature hyperspectral and multi-spectral imagers. We will develop and demonstrate a LWIR polarimetric imager under the Phase I contract, and incorporate it into a compact multiband camera capturing simultaneous video in the MWIR and LWIR in Phase II.

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