NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 06-2 S4.02-8429
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Detector Technologies for UV, X-Ray, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Instruments
PROPOSAL TITLE: Spectrally-Tunable 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 SPECTRALLY-TUNABLE INFRARED CAMERA based on quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array (FPA) technology. This will build on the handheld QWIP camera we DELIVERED to NASA in Phase 1 which featured a 320x256 QWIP FPA with fixed spectral response, as proof of this novel sensor technology. Phase 2 will broaden spectral coverage (~ 6 - 12 microns), expand array format to 640x512 (for wider field-of-view), shrink pixel pitch (for higher image spatial resolution), and incorporate a cooled filter wheel with 6 to 8 spectral bands. We will integrate the FPA with dewar/cooler/electronics/optics 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) Gas imaging. 2) Vapor leak imaging (e.g. rocket fuel leaks from storage tanks). 3) Mine detection (arising from spectral differences in freshly disturbed soil).

POTENTIAL NON-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.

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