Real-Time Non-Contact Detection of Surface Contamination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-13-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: A2-5073
Amount: $396,828.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: A11a-T028
Solitcitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
Physical Sciences Inc.
MA, Andover, MA, 01810-1077
Duns: 073800062
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Gittins
 Principal Research Scientist
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. Green
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 Rochester Institute of Technology
 Nicholas Rogers
 Sponsored Research Services
141 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY, 14623-5604
 (585) 475-7987
 Nonprofit college or university
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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