Novel Near-to-Mid IR Imaging Sensors Without Cooling

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CP39P
Agency Tracking Number: 120037
Amount: $125,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: T8.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Boston Applied Technologies, Inc.
MA, Woburn, MA, 01801-1721
DUNS: 114584175
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hongzhi Zhao
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 935-2800
 hzhao@bostonati.com
Business Contact
 Yingyin Zou
Title: President
Phone: (781) 935-2800
Email: kzou@bostonati.com
Research Institution
 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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