Remote Sensing through Imaging Polarimetry for Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,700.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-08ER85130
Award Id:
89853
Agency Tracking Number:
n/a
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, 35801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
129074840
Principal Investigator:
Dennis Goldstein
Dr.
(850) 499-8426
Dennis.Goldstein@PolarisSensor.com
Business Contact:
David Chenault
Dr.
(256) 562-0087
david.chenault@PolarisSensor.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Remote sensing technologies are used to identify activities associated with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Remote sensing requires the extraction of as much information as possible from the available measured energy, in order to identify objects of interest in the scene. Polarization is a fundamental property of light that is not typically exploited because of the additional difficulties in sensing and processing the information. However, polarization has the potential to increase signal-to-noise ratios, enhance man-made objects with respect to natural background material, provide increased image stability in the infrared region of the spectrum, and characterize the shape and orientation of objects. This project will design, build, and deliver a small, portable, and affordable imaging polarimeter system that will enable the DOE to quantify polarization content for the detection and identification of proliferation activities. In Phase I, radiometric and polarimetric calibration procedures will be developed, along with the development of algorithms that are distinctive to an imaging polarimeter,. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: A small, portable, and inexpensive polarization-sensitive infrared imaging system would be useful in many environmental monitoring applications where change of texture occurs. In addition to the application to nonproliferation monitoring, the technology should be applicable to the detection of ice in surfaces, oil slicks, and other human-induced changes in natural scenes. Anti-personnel land mine remediation is another application that could benefit from the additional information provided by polarization detection techniques.

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