NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Detector Technologies for UV, X-Ray, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Instruments
PROPOSAL TITLE:Handheld Longwave Infrared Camera Based on Highly-Sensitive Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
One Tara Boulevard, Suite 102
Nashua, NH 03062-2809
(603) 821-3092

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mani   Sundaram
One Tara Boulevard, Suite 102
Nashua, NH  03062-2809
(603) 821-3092

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
We propose to develop a compact handheld longwave infrared camera based on quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array (FPA) technology. Based on the photoexcitation of electrons out of quantum wells of GaAs sandwiched between AlGaAs barriers, QWIP FPAs have emerged as a promising new candidate for longwave infrared imaging and spectroscopy, offering superb sensitivity, pixel operability and uniformity, adjustable spectral response (3-20 microns), and extension to large formats. We will DELIVER a prototype camera at the end of Phase 1 so that NASA can test it in the field for its applications. In Phase 2, we will tailor the spectral response of the detector array to 8-12 microns, expand its format to 1Kx1K, and package and deliver the resulting wideband camera to NASA for spectroscopic/imaging studies in this spectral range.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
1) Chemical/spectral mapping of forests, vegetation, crops, and landmasses.
2) Temperature mapping of oceans and landmasses.
3) Atmospheric sensing.
4) Pollution monitoring.
5) Ground- and space-based astronomy and astrophysics.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
1) Gas sensing (e.g. for the petrochemical industry).
2) Security and surveillance.
3) Thermography.
4) Medical imaging.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.


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