Antenna Arrays for Spectroscopic Division of Wavefront Focal-Plane Imaging Polarimetry

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,051.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F29601-02-C-0083
Agency Tracking Number:
021NM-1070
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Itn Energy Systems, Inc.
8130 Shaffer Pkwy, Littleton, CO, 80127
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
040245305
Principal Investigator:
Lin Simpson
Senior Scientist
(303) 285-5149
lsimpson@itnes.com
Business Contact:
Rick Halbach
Vice Pres Business Devel
(303) 285-1739
rhalbach@itnes.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
"This SBIR Phase I project will develop an enabling technology that performs Spectroscopic Division of Wavefront Polarimetry using Antenna Arrays in an imaging focal-plane configuration. ITN will combine groups of four carefully designed antennas to form asingle pixel that completely determines the polarization state of light. The high frequency energy collected by each antenna will be converted to a usable signal with integrated rectifiers (diodes, bolometers, etc.). Since frequency collection is simply ageometric/engineering issue for antennas, ITN will be able to combine antennas in a focal-plane array to detect a broad spectrum of wavelengths with resolution and band-widths engineered to the specific requirements of the application. ITN has the advancede-beam lithographic processing available in-house to perform the challenging research and development needed to design, build, and test the small antennas/rectifiers that scale with the wavelength of the light for optimum collection efficiency.Furthermore, ITN has substantial polarimetry expertise including patented technology with unique calibration capabilities. While the processing and goals of this program will be challenging, development of a high-resolution focal-plane array thatsimultaneously measures the full polarization state of light at multiple (perhaps hundreds or thousands) wavelengths will revolutionize the IR and visible imaging detector industry. An uncooled focal-p

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