SBIR Phase II: THz Imaging Focal Plane Array

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$464,344.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
0548853
Award Id:
76739
Agency Tracking Number:
0441165
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Zyberwear (Currently Zyberwear, Inc.)
2114 New Victor Road, Ocoee, FL, 34761
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Oliver Edwards
Mr
(407) 295-5955
oliver@zyberwear.com
Business Contact:
Oliver Edwards
Mr
(407) 295-5955
oliver@zyberwear.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project is to develop a high-resolution focal plane array for terahertz imagery. THz radiation is a largely unexplored region of the spectrum, but holds great promise for its ability to pass through clothing, packaging and baggage walls (security applications) and for its ability to excite resonant molecular motions according to the composition and conformation of complex molecules such as explosives, illegal drugs and pharmaceuticals (imaging spectroscopy). Present uncooled detector technology is marginal in its ability to sense THz radiation and in video frame rate. The anticipated results of this work are to demonstrate: (1) a 20 to 40 times improvement in noise-limited radiation detection at operation up to 250 Hz frame rate; (2) a new technique for very low cost manufacture of all-wavelength focal plane arrays; and (3) a high-performance THz focal plane array.

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