Fiber Optic Snapshot Hyperspectral Tracker

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-M-1097
Agency Tracking Number: F103-171-2045
Amount: $99,691.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-171
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
461 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA, -
DUNS: 038336723
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Julia Dupuis
 Sr. Scientist
 (978) 887-6600
Business Contact
 James Engel
Title: President
Phone: (978) 887-6600
Research Institution
OPTRA proposes the development of a Fiber Optic Hyperspectral Tracker based on a multiple slit dispersive spectrometer. The key components include imaging optics, a fiber optic bundle, a dispersive element, and a focal plane array (FPA). The integrated hyperspectral imager allows for the simultaneous acquisition of 64x64 spatial resolution elements and 32 spectral resolution elements within a single exposure of the FPA. The benefits of this approach include compactness, no moving parts, and particularly the computational simplicity with which the hyperspectral cubes are reconstructed relative to other"snapshot"hyperspectral imagers employing coded apertures or computed tomography. The overall effort is expected to produce a complete hyperspectral tracking system prototype by the completion of Phase II. BENEFIT: Anticipated benefits of the proposed approach include the ability to produce snapshot hyperspectral cubes without the computational complexity of coded aperture and computed tomography based systems. Our system is compact, rugged, and it contains no moving parts. Applications in addition to target discrimination and tracking include chemical and biological detection on surfaces at various ranges. Commercial applications for the hyperspectral tracker include law enforcement, border patrol and search and rescue.

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