Novel Near-to-Mid IR Imaging Sensors Without Cooling

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$125,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CP39P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
120037
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
T8.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MA, Woburn, MA, 01801-1721
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
114584175
Principal Investigator:
Hongzhi Zhao
Principal Investigator
(781) 935-2800
hzhao@bostonati.com
Business Contact:
Yingyin Zou
President
(781) 935-2800
kzou@bostonati.com
Research Institute:
Kent State University
Lori Burchard
P. O. Box 5190, 1425 University Esplanade
Kent, OH, 44242-44242
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Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Boston Applied Technologies, Inc (BATi), together with Kent State University (KSU), proposes to develop a high sensitivity infrared (IR) imaging sensor without cooling, which covers a broad band from near infrared (NIR) to mid-infrared (mid-IR). It is based on a specific transparent functional material developed at BATi that has excellent pyroelectric effect, over strong absorption at NIR, mid-IR and long-wave infrared (LWIR) wavebands, perfect transmittance in visible wavelength. With this material, the intensity variation of an incident NIR, Mid-IR or/and LWIR radiation from a warm object can be transferred into intensity variation of a visible beam by a smart use of liquid crystal, which can be detected by a commercial CCD or CMOS camera. Of the most important, the collaboration with Dr. Quan Li's group at The Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute at KSU, which is renowned for their pioneer research and development on liquid crystal, will further leverage and ensure the success of the proposed program. Compared to existing thermal imaging techniques, this invention will generate an uncooled IR imaging sensor with unprecedented low costs, high resolution, high sensitivity, low mass, and low power consumption, which is very important to NASA's planetary exploration projects and other applications.

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