Real-Time Non-Contact Detection of Surface Contamination

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$396,828.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911SR-13-C-0005
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5073
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11a-T028
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
MA, Andover, MA, 01810-1077
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073800062
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Gittins
Principal Research Scientist
(978) 689-0003
gittins@psicorp.com
Business Contact:
B. Green
President and CEO
(978) 689-0003
green@psicorp.com
Research Institute:
Rochester Institute of Technology
Nicholas Rogers
Sponsored Research Services
141 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY, 14623-5604
(585) 475-7987
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) and its academic partner, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), will continue to advance the capability of RIT"s DIRSIG hyperspectral scene simulation software to enable accurate prediction of LWIR reflectance characteristics of liquid-contaminated surfaces. DIRSIG reflectance model and software modifications will be implemented by RIT. In conjunction with RIT"s effort, PSI will create a wide variety of contaminant-substrate combinations and perform physical and spectroscopic characterization of those samples in to support testing and validation of the simulation capability developed by RIT. By the end of the Phase II program, we anticipate that DIRSIG simulations will facilitate prediction of features which can be exploited by spectral-matching-based target detection algorithms. Complementary to the DIRSIG development effort, PSI will also develop a compact field-deployable LWIR spectrometer and signal processing system capable of detecting and identifying surface contamination on the basis of contaminant-induced reflectance features. Specifically, we will develop and test a prototype LWIR Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer (SHS) to determine the practical limits of LWIR spectral radiance measurements for surface contamination detection. Tests will be conducted against the same contaminant-substrate combinations used for DIRSIG development.

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