Narrowband microbolometer arrays for infrared chemical sensing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0086
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-023-0148
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
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
DUNS: 040245305
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Russell Hollingsworth
 Senior scientist
 (303) 285-5154
 rhollingsworth@itnes.com
Business Contact
 Debra Werges
Title: Contract administration
Phone: (303) 285-5129
Email: 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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