Large Area Millimeter Wave Dosimetry

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-6506
Agency Tracking Number: O043-H05-3001
Amount: $99,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD04-H05
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
2400 Reach Road, Suite 204, Williamsport, PA, 17701
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 H. Paul Shuch
 Chief Technology Officer
 (570) 322-2700
Business Contact
 Cathy Brooke
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Research Institution
Active Denial Systems are non-lethal, counter-personnel directed energy weapons that project focused energy beams in the millimeter-wave spectrum to induce an avoidance response and repel individuals without injury. Calibration of such weapons requires accurately measuring millimeter-wave flux density over large areas at distances corresponding to the range of ADS weapons. To ensure that the beam is both effective and non-injurious requires knowledge of electromagnetic radiation and propagation, as well as the physiology underlying millimeter-wave dosimetry and tissue heating response. QorTek's approach to millimeter-wave dosimetry features a phased antenna array with integrated thin-film Resistive Temperature Detector (RTD) elements to monitor incident radiation in real time. QorTek will draw on three areas of expertise: (1) microwave antenna design, to develop a large-area phased-array total power radiometer operating at the 94 GHz ADS emitter frequency; (2) thin-film sensors, to develop instrumentation for precise, calibrated millimeter-wave power measurement; (3) biomedical heat transfer and instrumentation, to understand the physiological effects of non-ionizing radiation at wavelengths near 3 mm. QorTek has ample in-house resources to meet the first two areas of need. To meet the third we will partner with a renowned authority on physiological heat-transfer, Dr. David Nelson, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University.

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