UN-COOLED INFRARED IMAGING SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
9811
Agency Tracking Number:
9811
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Po Box 8175 - 1425 Seminole/s#, Charlottesville, VA, 22906
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Michael D Lockhart
(804) 978-7000
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE DOD REQUIRES LOW-COST, HIGH-PERFORMANCE IR SENSORS CAPABLE OF DETECTING REDUCED OBSERVABLE IR SIGNATURES FROM MILITARY TARGETS. THE CONTRACTOR HAS UNIQUE PATENTED TECHNOLOGY FOR AN UN-COOLED IR SENSOR & IMAGING SYSTEM WITH NEAR MERCURY CADMIUM TELLURIDE (MCT) PERFORMANCE IN THE 10 MICRON REGION AT FAR LESS COST THAN MCT. THE TECHNOLOGY IS PHOTONIC, NOT THERMAL AND RELIES ON THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF A PHOTODICHROIC MATERIAL AFFORDING SUB-MICROSECOND RANGE RESPONSE TIMES. THE CONTRACTOR BELIEVES THIS IS THE ONLY TECHNOLOGY WHICH DIRECTLY CONVERTS AN IR SIGNAL INTO A VISIBLE ONE WITHOUUT ELECTRONIC CIRCUITRY. THE IMAGING SUBSTRATE IS A CONTINUOUS THIN FILM THAT ACTS AS BOTH SENSORS AND DISPLAY. INITIAL MATERIAL STUDIES HAVE ACHIEVED AN MRT OF 0.1 DEG C OVER A 19 DEG C RANGE. THE CONTRACTOR WILL INVESTIGATE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING A PHOTODICHROIC POLYACETYLENE POLYMER ABSORBING 10 MICROMETER IR PHOTONS TO PROVIDE A LOW-COST UN-COOLED REAL-TIME IR IMAGING SYSTEM.

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