Compact Mobile Light Filament Sensor System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-06-C-0115
Agency Tracking Number: A064-017-0121
Amount: $99,370.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-T017
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-01-31
Small Business Information
4940 Corporate Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35805
DUNS: 075736475
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Jones
 (256) 327-0017
 mjones@digitalfusion.com
Business Contact
 Mit Merritt
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (256) 837-2620
Email: mmerritt@digitalfusion.com
Research Institution
 THE UNIV. OF ALABAMA IN HUNTSV
 Gloria Greene
 301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL, 35899
 (256) 824-2657
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Digital Fusion and The University of Alabama in Huntsville propose to develop a light filament based sensor system suitable for incorporation in an unmanned-aerial-system (UAS). This sensor system is intended to be useful, e.g., for sensing explosive residue or biotoxins at up to kilometer class distances. It has been demonstrated that white light filaments, which can propagate through the atmosphere with little divergence, are generated by sufficiently short and sufficiently intense laser pulses. This phenomenon offers a means to improve the performance of hyperspectral stand-off sensors as well as stand-off laser induced breakdown spectroscopy of materials. Potential applications are, e.g., detection at a distance of improvised explosive devices (IED) or plastic mines on the ground and of biotoxins in the atmosphere. A technology roadmap will be developed detailing means of reducing power, mass, dimensions, and cooling requirements of the required laser systems so as to transition laser capabilities for such light filament generation to UAS platforms. In parallel with this effort, we will develop a design for a UAS-based hyper-spectral sensor. This UAS-based sensor system will be developed during Phase II. We expect to seek a prototypical model having power, mass, dimensions, and cooling requirements consistent with incorporation on a UAS platform in Phase III.

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