Optimization of Active Polarimeters for ATR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$497,542.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W909MY-12-C-0023
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4940
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-032
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 8383, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
100490890
Principal Investigator:
BrianHoover
President
(505) 250-9586
hoover@advanced-optical.com
Business Contact:
MaliniHoover
Vice President
(505) 250-1685
malini@advanced-optical.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Despite its sensitivity to diverse shape, surface, and material properties, laser polarimetry is one of the primary remaining remote-sensing modalities yet to be effectively utilized. The traditional limitations of laser polarimetry in a field sensor have been 1) making efficient use of multi-dimensional polarimeter data, and 2) achieving required sensor footprint and speed. Phase 1 demonstrated automated target recognition (ATR) algorithms based on mission-specific laser-polarimeter data that achieve significant performance improvements over algorithms based on non-polarized laser data. In particular, these algorithms achieve target pose invariance and low false-alarm rate (FAR). These algorithms, generally termed polarization-components techniques (PCT), overcome the first limitation to fielding a polarimetric ATR sensor. The PCT algorithms also minimize measurement requirements, thereby guiding the design of partial Mueller matrix polarimeters (pMMP), which represent a significant step in overcoming the second limitation. The Phase 2 program will finalize and build a conceptual pMMP design and apply the resulting field polarimeter to mission-specific field tests. Future commercialization efforts will be supported by a field polarimeter available for demonstrations of general-purpose ATR and by the next generation PCT test and simulation software to be developed and utilized in the Phase 2 program.

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