Narrowband Microbolometer Infrared Detectors for Chemical and Biological Sensing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0078
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-023-0131
Amount: $99,981.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T023
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Will Hafer
 Project Engineer
 (781) 890-1338
 whafer@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Mattox
Title: Director, Finance & Contracts
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: 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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