Phenomenology Studies using a Handheld Polarimeter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-04-C-0221
Agency Tracking Number: F031-1919
Amount: $710,439.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-031
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
5710 Jones Valley Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35802
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David B Chenault
 (256) 824-6548
Business Contact
 Michele Banish
Phone: (256) 824-6547
Research Institution
Polarization continues to gain interest as a means to complement the information obtained through radiometric detection. Understanding the phenomenology of polarization through modeling is key to exploiting polarimetry in these application areas. However polarimetric modeling requires credible and accurate instrumentation to provide input for empirical simulations and to validate the output. In Phase I, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. developed a non-imaging, handheld polarimeter comprised of six optical heads and a laptop that is capable of highly calibrated phenomenology measurements in the visible spectrum. The primary motivation for such a device is to validate polarization phenomenology models and to verify the calibration of imaging polarimeters. The device can be used to take highly calibrated laboratory and field measurements of test panels and targets to confirm the results obtained by more complex imaging sensors. In Phase II, optical heads will be developed in other wavebands and integrated with the data acquisition system. After a thorough calibration, they will be used to support laboratory experiments and field tests. Analysis tools will be developed that will aid the end user in interpreting, understanding, and archiving the acquired data. System calibration and commercialization opportunities are also priorities of the Phase II effort.

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