Passive Infrared Detection of Aerosolized Bacterial Spores

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,992.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911SR-10-C-0094
Agency Tracking Number:
A10A-019-0012
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10T019
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
deciBel Research, Inc.
PO Box 5368, Huntsville, AL, 35814
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
121016096
Principal Investigator:
Michael Jones
Principal Investigator
(256) 683-9280
mjones@dbresearch.net
Business Contact:
Debbie Agarwal
Director of Contracts
(256) 489-6193
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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