Short-Wave-Infrared (SWIR) Night Glow Photon-Counting Integrated Circuit (PCIC) Focal Plane Array (FPA) Detectors and Night Vision Cameras

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-12-P-0060
Agency Tracking Number: S121-002-0085
Amount: $149,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM12-002
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Wavefront
7 Johnston Circle, BASKING RIDGE, NJ, -
DUNS: 965404242
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jie Yao
 CTO
 (609) 558-4806
 JieYao@WavefrontLLC.us
Business Contact
 Lance Sun
Title: CEO
Phone: (609) 933-3543
Email: LanceSun@WavefrontLLC.us
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Almost all intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and all small agile munitions need high-sensitivity night vision imagers for situational awareness and for target identification, tracking and discrimination. The requirements of situational awareness, responsiveness and weapon precision are ever more stringent in current and future urban warfare, where minimum collateral damage is desired. Micro unmanned aerial vehicles (micro-UAV), for example, require precision guidance capability to maneuver in obstruction-rich and highly cluttered urban terrain for surveillance and engagement of fixed and mobile targets. Soldiers need an infrared out-of-band night vision advantage on today's asymmetric battlefield. We need to regain the night in today's theaters. Night glow in the short-wave infrared band spanning 1,100nm, 1,300nm and 1,500 1,700nm is a consistent natural source of illumination under almost all weather conditions. Currently, even the most sensitive tactical InGaAs SWIR camera may not be sensitive enough to fully take advantage of the SWIR night glow for night vision. The proposed Photon-Counting Integrated Circuit (PCIC) offers higher sensitivity and lower noise, leading to significantly enhanced signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) to enable SWIR night vision at or near ambient temperature with mega-pixel resolution and human video frame rate for soldiers, micro-UAVs and other agile and mobile platforms.

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