UN-COOLED INFRARED IMAGING SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9811
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Imaging Science Technologies
Po Box 8175 - 1425 Seminole/s#, Charlottesville, VA, 22906
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael D Lockhart
 (804) 978-7000
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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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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