Polychromic Imaging for Standoff Detection of Explosives and Weapons

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NBCHC050168
Agency Tracking Number:
0423001
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB04.2-005
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
2520 W. 237th Street, Torrance, CA, 90505-5217
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
0334497
Principal Investigator:
Glenn Bastiaans
Sr Scientist Chemical Sensors
(310) 530-7130
sbirproposals@intopsys.com
Business Contact:
Robert Lieberman
(310) 530-7130
rlieberman@intopsys.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Terahertz (THz) radiation imaging and sensing is one of the most promising technologies for the standoff detection of concealed threats. In Phase I, Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS), in collaboration with the Center for Terahertz Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, demonstrated the feasibility of detecting explosives underneath cloth and packaging materials via the reflection of THz radiation. In Phase II, the collaboration will establish the distance limits for standoff detection of concealed explosives and weapons using state of the art THz sources and detectors. IOS will develop a unique, innovative, and powerful data fusion process to spatially resolve the location of threats detected by standoff THz reflection spectroscopy over a field of view, and to associate the threat with the corresponding person or object on a video display of the same field of view. Images from the standoff detection system will be obtained safely without the invasion of personal privacy. One Phase II product will be the integrated design of a THz spectrometer and data system capable of detecting and identifying threatening persons and objects from a distance as great as 50 meters. The potential benefits are enormous, and include saving lives and buildings. Commercial potential is in excess of $1Billion.

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