Silicon-Based Visible/Near-Infrared Affordable Missile Warning

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-C-0332
Agency Tracking Number: N033-0070
Amount: $496,305.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-T020
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7 Deer Park Drive, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08852
DUNS: 050458132
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Lowrance
 Director of Research
 (732) 274-0774
Business Contact
 John Lowrance
Title: President
Phone: (732) 274-0774
Research Institution
 Princeton University
 Richard Miles
 D-414 Engineering Quadrangle Olden Street
Princeton, NJ, 08544
 (609) 258-5131
 Nonprofit college or university
The Phase I objectives were to explore silicon based detector/optical concepts for detecting missile rocket plumes against the daylight background and select the most promising for development. The missile exhaust plumes include narrow emission lines, some of which overlay the solar Fraunhofer absorption lines. As a consequence, these emission lines appear against a relatively dark solar background. The technical challenge is to achieve sub Angstrom spectral bandpass at a selected wavelength, over a wide field of view (FOV). Phase I investigated the performance capabilities of filter technology that affords sub-Angstrom spectral bandwidth over a very wide field of view. Phase I also included investigation of wide field of view optics for imaging a wide FOV onto the fluorescent gas cell and concomitant optics for imaging the fluorescence onto a CCD or some other solid state image sensor for threat detection. In Phase II the goal is to develop a prototype instrument and conduct field tests to demonstrate its performance.

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