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Fluorescent Nanocrystals for Infrared Scene Projection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA865122P0077
Agency Tracking Number: F212-0003-0109
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF212-0003
Solicitation Number: 21.2
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-12-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-15
Small Business Information
6820 Moquin Dr NW
Huntsville, AL 35806-2900
United States
DUNS: 185169620
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Zachary Coppens
 (256) 726-4800
Business Contact
 Tanu Singhal
Phone: (256) 361-0799
Research Institution

While large-format infrared detector arrays have advanced rapidly in recent years, infrared scene projector arrays, a key component for testing these imaging systems, have struggled to keep pace. To achieve realistic imagery, infrared scene projectors (IRSP) must be capable of displaying scenes with fast refresh rates, high resolution, and accurate radiant intensity output to accurately test IR sensors and seekers. At CFD Research, we will leverage our experience in colloidal synthesis and patterning, as well as thermal and optical modeling, to develop a novel, quantum dot (QD) based, infrared-emitting screen to improve the efficiency and response time of emitter arrays. The quantum dot screen will act as a color converting layer that can be excited by a visible or near-infrared light source and emit in the infrared. The fluorescent screen will be modular and compatible with a number of different light excitation and modulation methods. In Phase I, materials, efficiency, manufacturability, stability, and ruggedness on a flight motion table will be investigated. In Phase II the QD screen will be integrated with an excitation system for further testing and demonstration.

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