Longwave Imaging for Astronomical Applications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,988.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX10CA58C
Agency Tracking Number:
084992
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.05
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
QmagiQ
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180, Nashua, NH, 03063-4219
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
168454770
Principal Investigator:
Mani Sundaram
Principal Investigator
(603) 821-3092
msundaram@qmagiq.com
Business Contact:
Mani Sundaram
Business Official
(603) 821-3092
msundaram@qmagiq.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose to develop a compact portable longwave camera for astronomical applications. In Phase 1, we successfully developed the eye of the camera, i.e. the focal plane array (FPA) and produced good imagery with it. In Phase 2, we will optimize the FPA for quantum efficiency and pixel operability, integrate it into a dewar cooler assembly, and package the resulting sensor engine with electronics and optics into a camera system. We will deliver the camera to NASA for field testing. We expect the camera to be particularly useful in the search for cold objects in the universe and in the measurement of atmospheric gases with absorption lines in the spectral response band of the camera.

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