High Performance Uncooled Focal Plane Arrays

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$1,488,850.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-08-C-0334
Award Id:
79346
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-121-2101
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
15 WARD STREET, SOMERVILLE, MA, 02143
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
106771140
Principal Investigator:
AllenFlusberg
Principal Research Scient
(617) 547-1122
aflusberg@srl.com
Business Contact:
JonahJacob
President
(617) 547-1122
jjacob@srl.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Science Research Laboratory (SRL) proposes to develop a novel uncooled thermal-to-visible transducer (TVT) that will revolutionize long-wavelength-infrared (LWIR) imaging. The technology utilizes as a sensor a Fabry-Perot interferometer that is heated by absorbing LWIR radiation, which changes its reflectivity in the visible. Reflected light, imaged onto a CCD or CMOS array, provides an image of the LWIR distribution on the sensor. Advantages of the TVT include (1) lower power consumption and heating than conventional IR bolometers; (2) physical decoupling of the microelectronics from the IR FPA substrate, allowing the imager to utilize existing, off-the-shelf, visible CMOS detector technology and to leverage rapid advances of the CCD/CMOS imager industry; (3) a revolutionarily low cost of $20-$40 for the sensor module and $400 for the camera, many times less expensive than existing instruments; and (5) potential for fusion of visible and thermal-IR images, the two images being automatically registered and boresighted. In Phase II SRL will fabricate requisite reflectivity-coated sensors and use them to conduct proof-of-principle demonstrations of the technology.

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