Passive, Active Stokes Polarization Imaging System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,934.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-05-P-0023
Award Id:
73761
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-220-0372
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:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
David Chenault
President
(256) 824-6548
david@polarissensor.com
Business Contact:
Michele Banish
COO
(256) 824-6547
michele@polarissensor.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The ability for polarization to provide additional information in difficult detection scenarios has strong potential to address a variety of hypervelocity interceptor applications. The targeting of a boost phase missile requires a sensor that can both acquire the target and perform plume / hardbody discrimination. For midcourse scenarios, debris and decoy clouds, low thermal contrast, and target orientation determination can also be measured an active or passive imaging polarimeter. In re-entry phase, an imaging polarization sensor can provide aimpoint selection and orientation determination in the presence of a wake. Imaging polarimeters have the disadvantage of reduced throughput due to the polarizer transmission. When an on-demand polarizer is integrated with appropriate optics, the resulting imaging system becomes a dual-mode imager that has both conventional intensity imaging and imaging polarimeter capabilities. This dual-mode system has the advanced discrimination advantages of the imaging polarimeter while maintaining the throughput advantages of a conventional seeker, thus enabling long detection ranges as well as clutter and decoy rejection for the end game. The marriage of the on-demand polarizer with imaging polarimetry is the key innovation of this SBIR effort and if successful will represent a revolutionary advance in capability for missile seeker technology.

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