Large Area Millimeter Wave Dosimetry

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,989.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-6506
Agency Tracking Number:
O043-H05-3001
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD04-H05
Solicitation Number:
2004.3
Small Business Information
QORTEK, INC.
2400 Reach Road, Suite 204, Williamsport, PA, 17701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
028856420
Principal Investigator:
H. Paul Shuch
Chief Technology Officer
(570) 322-2700
pshuch@qortek.com
Business Contact:
Cathy Brooke
Chief Financial Officer
(570) 322-2700
cbrooke@qortek.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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