Development of a Two Color Polarimetric Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) Camera System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$1,972,670.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911QX-12-C-0008
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4777
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-058
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (Currently Polaris Sensor Technologies Inc.)
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
129074840
Principal Investigator:
Larry Pezzaniti
Chief Technology Officer
(256) 562-0087
larry.pezzaniti@polarissensor.com
Business Contact:
David Chenault
President
(256) 562-0087
david.chenault@polarissensor.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Dual MWIR/LWIR polarization imaging holds promise for providing significant improvements in contrast in a number of target detection and discrimination applications. In several recent development efforts, it has been demonstrated that manmade objects have a significantly stronger polarization signal than natural backgrounds resulting in good contrast that complements the conventionally imaged infrared signature. Significant data has been collected in the MWIR and LWIR portions of the spectra and each waveband has merits and drawbacks over the other waveband. Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc in a phase I effort designed a two color MWIR/LWIR wide format (860x480 pixel) imaging polarimeter. The system will collect simultaneous spatially and temporally coherent images of polarization in the MWIR and LWIR. In a single frame period, it collects four images: two polarized MWIR images and two polarized LWIR images. The system can alternately collect s1 or s2 Stokes images at 120 frames per second, or s1 and s2 at 60 frames per second. The system is designed utilizing COTS optical components, polarization optics and FPAs. All of the subsystems and components were demonstrated in Phase I and because of the Phase I work, the Phase II build/calibrate/test effort is considered very low risk.

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