Ultra High Sensitivity SWIR Methane Imaging Camera

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: WC-133R-16-CN-0110
Agency Tracking Number: WC-133R-16-CN-0110
Amount: $399,999.28
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2016
Solicitation Year: 2016
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.6.1
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2015-2
Small Business Information
123 Case Circle, Ardmore, OK, 73401-0643
DUNS: 159048698
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Terry Golding
 (580) 657-2575
 golding@amethystresearch.com
Business Contact
 Rob Kuester
Phone: (580) 657-2575
Email: admin@amethystresearch.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Methane is the third most prevalent greenhouse gas, whose atmospheric concentration is currently over 1.7 ppm and is about 21 times more potent when compared to CO2. Thus, while the quantitative monitoring of methane levels is necessary, it is also critically important to directly identify the sources of the methane emissions, for example, in ice floes, leaks in pipelines, and also from drilling/fracking and other anthropogenic activities. The Phase I effort has indicated that a new class of detector – resonant cavity enhanced photo detector – can be successfully manufactured with excellent resonance at the absorption band for methane. This is a significant result, and provides for the first time narrow band infrared detector that has significantly improved performance over any existing infrared detector. For the Phase II effort we will develop an inexpensive methane gas imaging camera, that can be used for direct observation of methane gas/emission. The imaging array uses the advanced resonant cavity enhanced photo-detector (RCE-PD) design that can be tuned to the absorption spectrum of the gas (i.e. methane). This camera will be high sensitivity, low power, and lightweight so it can be readily integrated onto UAV’s platforms and hand held systems.

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