Polarimetric Sensors for Robotic Vehicle Perception

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,522.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-05-C-0094
Award Id:
73778
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-232-0373
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5710 Jones Valley Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35802
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
129074840
Principal Investigator:
David Chenault
President
(256) 824-6548
david@polarissensor.com
Business Contact:
Michele Banish
COO
(256) 824-6547
michele@polarissensor.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Polarization imaging holds promise for providing significant improvements in contrast in a number of target detection and discrimination applications. In several recent development efforts, it has been demonstrated that manmade objects have a significantly stronger polarization signal than natural backgrounds resulting in good contrast that complements the conventionally imaged infrared signature. Other recent research has suggested that polarization sensing may increase detection range through optically dense media such as fog or aerosol laden atmosphere. However, these experimental systems frequently require long data acquisition times, which results in artifacts in the polarization imagery due to platform or target motion. Additionally, calibration and investigation of systematic errors in these systems is difficult and robust calibration procedures have not been fully demonstrated. Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc is proposing to develop an LWIR imaging polarimeter that captures a complete Stokes vector in a single image. The approach chosen utilizes birefringent polarization components in a unique configuration that eliminates polarization artifacts due to target or platform motion. In Phase I, a prototype instrument will be designed complete with component specifications, schematics, data reduction and calibration algorithms. A thorough performance analysis of the design will also be performed.

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