Range-Improving, Mid-IR Time Domain Spectroscopic Transceiver for SNM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-09-P-0007
Agency Tracking Number: T082-004-0002
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA082-004
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-01-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-08-22
Small Business Information
Photonic Systems Division, 20600 Gramercy Pl, Bldg 100, Torrance, CA, 90501
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marvin Niimura
 Research Scientitst
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
To address the DTRA need for standoff detection and identification of special nuclear materials (SNM), Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Mid-IR Time Domain Spectroscopic Transceiver (MI-TDST) system. The proposed MI-TDST device operation is based on capturing the characteristic signature of molecules in the environment surrounding SNM. Decomposition of these molecules (identified by a change of molecular rotational and vibrational spectroscopic signatures) will indicate the ionization radiation of the SNM. MI-TDST will detect the change in molecular spectrums by time domain spectroscopy (TDS), thus drastically improving the signal processing time. The innovation in use of the mid-IR spectrum on THz technology, and in the production of a broadband mid-IR spectrum without relying on a traditional mid-IR source, enables the MI-TDST to operate in mid-IR, where atmospheric attenuation is very small, and thus improve the standoff range to 10 km – 100 times farther than state-of-the-art THz radar. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the MI-TDST system by developing laboratory setups. In Phase II, POC will develop a MI-TDST prototype to demonstrate how the approach meets DTRA requirements.

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