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Multi-Spectral Infrared Focal Plane Array For Wildfire And Burning-Biomass Analysis

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18P2024
Agency Tracking Number: 186213
Amount: $124,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1
Solicitation Number: SBIR_18_P1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-15
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 168454770
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mani Sundaram
 (603) 821-3092
Business Contact
 Mani Sundaram
Phone: (603) 821-3092
Research Institution

An important NASA mission is to remotely analyze fires, such as wildfires and burning biomasses, for their chemical content. The chemical species of most interest have infrared spectral signatures at wavelengths ranging from 1.5 microns to 12 microns. A broadband infrared focal plane array (FPA) with that spectral coverage and high quantum efficiency is a key technology to enable this mission. QmagiQ has already developed high-performance FPAs with broadband response from 3-13 microns using strained layer superlattices (SLS). In Phase I, we will develop detector recipes to shorten the cuton wavelength from 3 microns to ~ 1 micron, and demonstrate it in actual FPAs. In Phase II, we will develop methods to integrate a set of spectral filters right on the FPA, covering the specific wavelengths of interest. The result will be a multi-spectral FPA with the smallest possible footprint, which will translate into a small light multi-spectral camera useful for a variety of NASA earth-observing and remote-sensing missions.

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