Narrowband Microbolometer Infrared Detectors for Chemical and Biological Sensing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,981.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911SR-10-C-0078
Agency Tracking Number:
A10A-023-0131
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10A-T023
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
Will Hafer
Project Engineer
(781) 890-1338
whafer@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
Stephen Mattox
Director, Finance & Contracts
(781) 890-1338
smattox@infoscitex.com
Research Institution:
The University of Texas at Austin
Barry Stewart
PO Box 7159
Sponsored Projects Award Admin
Austin, TX, 78713
(512) 232-6545
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
A narrow-band microbolometric detector is proposed to the address need for a low-cost, portable system to perform chemical and biological threat detection. An approach is shown to achieve a narrow-band bolometric detector whose response can be tailored to both a desired peak wavelength and bandwidth. The approach will enable the design of an array of detectors meeting the requirements for chemical and biological threat detection, and compatible with standard micro-fabrication methods. The Phase I investigation builds upon past work by the team developing spectrally selective microbolometers for imaging applications. An experimentally validated detector design is anticipated in Phase I, with a functional optical cell employing the narrowband microbolometer array demonstrated in Phase II. The resulting device will be compatible with low-cost production, portability, and use as a distributed or disposable sensor.

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