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Optimization of Active Polarimeters for Real-Time Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-12-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4937
Amount: $876,473.16
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-032
Solicitation Number: 11.1
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-02-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-02-28
Small Business Information
701 Pratt Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
United States
DUNS: 622989239
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Craig Farlow
 Senior Scientist
 (256) 617-0957
Business Contact
 Tom Young
Phone: (256) 489-2346
Research Institution

The Army has identified the need to enhance existing ground-based surveillance platforms by utilizing polarimetric imaging (PI). Situational awareness imagery has become a vital tool for locating and helping to neutralize roadway threats. The urgency of these threats demands quick, cost effective solutions that can be easily integrated into existing systems without loss of current functionality. Kord Technologies proposes to address this need by modifying a bread board passive SWIR polarimeter maintained by Kratos Defense in order to collect active Mueller matrix signatures of IED type targets so they can be thoroughly evaluated for improved probability of detection (PD) performance. PD algorithms will be developed to take advantage of the unique Mueller component images inherent in PI. Successful assessment of polarimetric PD capability will lead to a comprehensive evaluation of the Army’s Multi-Sensor System (MSS) and the creation of a detailed system design for augmenting the MSS to capture, process and display active SWIR polarimeteric imagery. Kord will team with the MSS manufacturer, L-3 Wescam Sonoma, to provide guidance with the evaluation and design process and to help ensure successful transition to fabricating and testing an augmented MSS in Phase III.

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