Real-time Atmospheric Vapor Image Compensation for Infrared Scenes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,825.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
HQ0147-13-C-7350
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award Year:
2013
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
B122-020-0025
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA12-020
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Information Technologies Division, 1845 W. 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator
 Wenjian Wang
 Director, Sensor Computing
 (310) 320-3088
 ITProposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the Missile Defense Agency"s (MDA"s) need for real-time correction of water vapor effects in infrared scenes, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop new Atmospheric Vapor Image Compensation (AVIC) software. It is based on a fast 3D sparse matrix solver implementing finite difference implicit image restoration. The innovation in fast finite difference computation for image restoration and integration of multiple commercial off-the-shelf graphical processing unit processors will enable the AVIC software to solve unsymmetric sparse linear systems in sensor images observed through space-variant, turbulent media. As a result, this software offers real-time correction of water vapor effects, efficient usage of the central processing unit and memory, incoherent light source correction, and flexible computing resource allocation, which directly address the MDA requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of AVIC by developing its atmospheric effect models in all physical layers of the atmosphere, developing water vapor correction algorithms, and demonstrating the effectiveness of its models and algorithms for star calibration. In Phase II, we plan to mature the AVIC software and demonstrate its performance on models of interest to MDA. Their performance will be characterized on modern hardware, and accuracy will be assessed on realistic models.

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