NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 18-1- S1.04-6213
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Sensor and Detector Technology for Visible, IR, Far IR and Submillimeter
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Multi-Spectral Infrared Focal Plane Array For Wildfire And Burning-Biomass Analysis
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
QmagiQ
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180
Nashua , NH 03063-4219
(603) 821-3092

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mani Sundaram
msundaram@qmagiq.com
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180 Nashua, NH 03063 - 4219
(603) 821-3092

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mani Sundaram
msundaram@qmagiq.com
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180 Nashua, NH 03063 - 4219
(603) 821-3092
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract

An important NASA mission is to remotely analyze fires, such as wildfires and burning biomasses, for their chemical content. The chemical species of most interest have infrared spectral signatures at wavelengths ranging from 1.5 microns to 12 microns. A broadband infrared focal plane array (FPA) with that spectral coverage and high quantum efficiency is a key technology to enable this mission. QmagiQ has already developed high-performance FPAs with broadband response from 3-13 microns using strained layer superlattices (SLS). In Phase I, we will develop detector recipes to shorten the cuton wavelength from 3 microns to ~ 1 micron, and demonstrate it in actual FPAs. In Phase II, we will develop methods to integrate a set of spectral filters right on the FPA, covering the specific wavelengths of interest. The result will be a multi-spectral FPA with the smallest possible footprint, which will translate into a small light multi-spectral camera useful for a variety of NASA earth-observing and remote-sensing missions.

Potential NASA Applications

1. ASA's LANDSAT Data Continuity Mission - Thermal Infrared Sensor (LDCM-TIRS)
2. NASA's HyspIRI Mission - Multispectral thermal infrared (TIR) imager
3. Space- and ground-based astronomy and astrophysics
4. Chemical/spectral mapping of fires, forests, vegetation, crops, and landmasses
5. Temperature mapping of oceans and landmasses
6. Atmospheric mapping
7.Pollution monitoring

Potential Non-NASA Applications

1. Gas imaging (e.g. for the petrochemical and power utility industries)
2. Security and surveillance
3. Thermography
4. Medical imaging
5. Missile defense
6. Space-based situational awareness


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