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High Performance Uncooled Focal Plane Arrays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-07-C-P607
Agency Tracking Number: A062-121-2101
Amount: $69,864.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-121
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-11-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-05-15
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 106771140
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Principal Investigator
 (617) 547-1122
Business Contact
 Jonah Jacob
Title: President
Phone: (617) 547-1122
Research Institution

Science Research Laboratory (SRL) proposes to develop a novel uncooled thermal-to-visible transducer (TVT) that will revolutionize long-wavelength-infrared (LWIR) imaging. This new instrument is characterized by (1) lower power consumption and heating than existing IR bolometers; (2) immunity to image retention; (3) potential for a curved focal-plane array that can increase instrument sensitivity; (4) infrequent recalibration—a result of less heating; (5) the incorporation of standard CCD or CMOS arrays, making operation vastly simpler than that of conventional IR cameras; (6) an intrinsic capability of hardening to >1000 g on all three axes; (7) excellent sensitivity (NETD 5-40 mK); (8) a revolutionarily low cost of $20-$40 for the sensor module and $300 for the camera, many times less expensive than existing instruments; (8) potential for fusion of visible and thermal IR images, the two images being automatically registered and boresighted. In Phase I SRL will compare various materials that can be used as the IR-absorbing element of the transducer, resolve issues of materials compatibility between this element and requisite contiguous elements, and design a proof-of-principle experiment, to be conducted in Phase II, that will demonstrate the technology.

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