Development of a Two Color Polarimetric Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) Camera System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: A102-058-0370
Amount: $119,889.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-058
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc.
200 Westside Square, Suite 320, Huntsville, AL, 35801
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J. Larry Pezzaniti
 Chief Technical Officer
 (256) 562-0087
 larry.pezzaniti@polarissensor.com
Business Contact
 David Chenault
Title: President
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Email: david.chenault@polarissensor.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
MWIR and LWIR polarization imaging holds promise for providing significant improvements in contrast in a number of target detection and discrimination applications. In several recent development efforts, it has been demonstrated that manmade objects have a significantly stronger polarization signal than natural backgrounds resulting in good contrast that complements the conventionally imaged infrared signature. Significant data has been collected in the MWIR and LWIR portions of the spectra and each waveband has merits and drawbacks over the other waveband. Furthermore other enhancements are expected when the wavebands are collected simultaneously. Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc proposes in a phase I effort to design a MWIR/LWIR dual waveband imaging polarimeter. The system will collect spatially and temporally coherent images of polarization in both bands. In a single frame period, the system will collect four images: two polarized MWIR images and two polarized LWIR images. The frames will be used to compute either s1 or s2 in both wavebands. A continuously rotating achromatic half wave retarder will be used to switch between s1 and s2. The system will be design utilizes COTS optical components, polarization optics and FPAs.

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