Polarimetric Sensor for Air-to-Surface Missile Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0451
Agency Tracking Number: A091-005-0142
Amount: $69,569.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-005
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, 35801
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Larry Pezzaniti
 Chief Technical Officer
 (256) 562-0087
 Larry.Pezzaniti@PolarisSensor.com
Business Contact
 David Chenault
Title: President
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Email: david.chenault@Polarissensor.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Polarization imaging holds promise for providing significant improvements in contrast and background clutter rejection 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. However, the experimental polarimetric systems which have produced these data sets frequently require long data acquisition times which result in artifacts in the polarization imagery due to platform or target motion, or involve very large hardware packages not appropriate for an EO seeker system. Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc proposes a comprehensive design trade-off study which considers all existing and emerging polarimetric architectures to determine an optimal design for a seeker imaging polarimeter. Established models will be used to determine the optimal waveband(s) of operation. MWIR, LWIR and MWIR/LWIR bands will be considered. A concept design of the seeker imaging polarimeter will be developed based on the design trade-study output. A Phase I Option would provide a detailed system design including optical, mechanical and electrical designs.

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