Passive Infrared Detection of Aerosolized Bacterial Spores

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0094
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-019-0012
Amount: $99,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T019
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-09-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-29
Small Business Information
PO Box 5368, Huntsville, AL, 35814
DUNS: 121016096
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Jones
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 683-9280
 mjones@dbresearch.net
Business Contact
 Debbie Agarwal
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (256) 489-6193
Email: dagarwal@dbresearch.net
Research Institution
 Rochester Institute of Technology
 Michael Gartley
 141 Lomb Memorial Drive
Suite 2400
Rochester, NY, 14623
 (585) 475-7984
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
deciBel Research and our university partner, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)-Center for Imaging Science, propose to develop a dual MWIR/LWIR imaging polarimeter for the detection and discrimination of aerosolized biological spores. The system will exploit spectral absorption and MIE scattering-induced radiometric and polarimetric phenomenon exhibited by clouds of aerosolized biological spores. The prototype sensor to be delivered under Phase II will utilize a temporal acquisition architecture to acquire the polarimetric portion of the signatures while the dual MWIR and LWIR channels will exploit the spectral absorption signatures. Under the Phase I effort, the spectral and MIE scattering signatures of a candidate aerosolized biological spores will be estimated using models based on RIT’s micro Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Image Generator (DIRSIG). Multi-variate analysis, such as Principal Components Analysis (PCA), will be used to identify key features of the spectro-polarimetric signatures for detection and discrimination. Sensor performance requirements will be derived and the performance of several sensor architectures will be evaluated with respect to these requirements. A concept design will then be completed under the Phase I effort while a field deployable prototype sensor will be fabricated under the Phase II program.

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