Space-based Passive Night Vision Vibrometer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$149,996.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-13-M-0056
Agency Tracking Number:
F12B-T02-0123
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF12-BT02
Solicitation Number:
2012.B
Small Business Information
Wavefront
7 Johnston Circle, BASKING RIDGE, NJ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
965404242
Principal Investigator:
Jie Yao
CTO
(609) 558-4806
JieYao@WavefrontLLC.us
Business Contact:
Lance Sun
CEO
(609) 933-3543
LanceSun@WavefrontLLC.us
Research Institution:
Utah State University / SDL
Chad Fish
USU Research Foundation
1695 North Research Park Way
North Logan, UT, 84341-
(435) 757-8794
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
ABSTRACT: Remote sensing of surface vibration is an important modality of measures and signals intelligence (MASINT) with a wide range of military applications including target discrimination, clutter rejection, analysis of engine signatures, and seismic detection of buried threats. Other applications of remote vibrometry include remote acoustic sensing, aerial sonar, structural damage assessment, and vehicle classification. Previously, vibration-sensing MASINT has been practiced using active or in-situ sensors such as remote laser vibrometers or embedded piezo sensors with attendant limitations for distant and uncooperative targets. Recently, it has been recognized that surface vibration can be detected by truly passive (and therefore undetectable) optical sensors provided that the signal to noise ratio (S/N) of the optical response is sufficiently high. The proposed Photon-Counting Integrated Circuit (PCIC) detector and imager is promising for such a high-S/N passive sensor suitable for many of the vibration-sensing MASINT applications. During Phase I, the team will develop and validate the vibrometer system architecture, and design, fabricate, test and characterize Si PCIC detector at unique parameters suitable for the space-based night vision vibrometer system. For Phase II and Phase III, the team will integrate the fabricated PCIC and design, assemble, test and demonstrate the vibrometer system. BENEFIT: Besides defense applications including the space-based vibrometer, night vision under star light, covert illumination and / or the more abundant natural night glow for military surveillance and target recognition, the proposed PCIC technology also finds commercial applications in architectural structure analysis, security, law enforcement, border patrol, scientific instruments, laser detection, laser eye protection, biomedical imaging, prosthetic vision aid, ecosystem monitoring and protection, manufacturing quality control and consumer electronics cameras.

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