Narrowband microbolometer arrays for infrared chemical sensing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911SR-10-C-0086
Agency Tracking Number:
A10A-023-0148
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10A-T023
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
ITN Energy Systems, Inc.
8130 Shaffer Parkway, Littleton, CO, 80127
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
040245305
Principal Investigator:
Russell Hollingsworth
Senior scientist
(303) 285-5154
rhollingsworth@itnes.com
Business Contact:
Debra Werges
Contract administration
(303) 285-5129
dwerges@itnes.com
Research Institution:
Colorado School of Mines
Ralph Brown
1500 Illinois St
Golden, CO, 80401
(303) 273-3538
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer Research program will develop narrow band plasmonic resonant cavity filters with integrated microbolometer sensors operating in the long wave infrared (LWIR) atmospheric transmission band for IR absorption measurements of low concentration chemicals. IR spectroscopy can identify a wide range of contaminants, including chemical/biological warfare agents, explosives, natural toxins in drinking water, and waste products requiring environmental clean-up. Detailed performance predictions will be obtained through finite element modeling (FEM) of the harmonic Maxwell’s equations. The FEM provides detailed field information, including E field, B field, energy density, and time dependent information with subwavelength resolution, which greatly aids in understanding the underlying physical mechanisms. Test structures will be made using well established nanofabrication facilities, and characterized with spectral and polarization sensitive far field techniques.

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