Compact Infrared Polarimeter for Target Tracking in Clutter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-19-C-0068
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7414
Amount: $615,847.32
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16-130
Solicitation Number: 2018.3
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-11
Small Business Information
PO Box 163, Essex Junction, VT, 05453
DUNS: 126592653
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Puzey
 (802) 999-5748
Business Contact
 Jesse Giummo
Phone: (802) 999-5748
Research Institution
This project will build, calibrate and test a prototype polarimetric imager.The polarimetric imager provides significant advantages over conventional thermal imagery such as: the ability to detect targets that are in thermal equilibrium, track targets in degraded visual environments (smoke, dust, fog), reject clutter, improve image contrast (30X), increase detection range (2-3X), and detect mines in vegetative cover.These advantages can also enable pilots to better see terrain and power lines in degraded visual environments avoiding loss of hundreds of helicopters.QuantaSpec's innovation uses a new birefringent material to enable long wave infrared polarimetric imagers that collect full Stokes images from a single frame of data without temporal artifacts or misregistration artifacts.QuantaSpec has extensive experience designing, building, and testing LWIR optical systems.The subcontractor, Prof. Chipman of the University of Arizona is a world recognized expert in polarametric imager design, fabrication , calibration, and testing.Together QuantaSpec and U. Arizona make a strong team for developing practical polarimetric imagers.The advantages provided by QuantaSpec's polarimetric imagers can help save lives, save equipment, and improve combat effectiveness.

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