Compact Long-Wave Infrared Hyperspectral Imager with Monolithically Integrated Tunable Optical Filter
Navy SBIR 2020.1 - Topic N201-014
NAVAIR - Ms. Donna Attick - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 14, 2020 - Closes: February 26, 2020 (8:00 PM ET)
AREA(S): Air Platform
PROGRAM: PMA263 Navy and Marine Corp Small Tactical Unmanned Air Systems
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Develop and demonstrate a battery operated ultra-compact long-wave infrared
hyperspectral imager (HSI) with monolithically integrated tunable optical
filter for detecting targets and threats in cluttered environments.
Recent technological advances have made long wave infrared (LWIR) hyperspectral
imaging (HSI) in the 8-12 micrometer wavelength range into a viable technology
in many demanding military application areas where materials can be identified
by their spectral signatures [Refs 1, 2]. In particular, the operational
utility of HSI for detection, recognition and identification of hard-to-detect
targets in environments cluttered with background noise is especially critical.
Spectral imaging can aid the detection, acquisition and tracking of a
potentially camouflaged, low-signature target, such as an unmanned aerial
vehicle (UAV) during counter-UAV surveillance, etc., with significantly
improved accuracy that cannot otherwise be detected using more conventional
imaging means. LWIR spectral range is advantageous for penetrating fog, dust,
Design, develop, and demonstrate a compact LWIR HSI with monolithically
integrated tunable optical filter to meet specifications identified in the
Description. Analyze and model to identify the performance and limitation of
proposed technologies. Identify any additional optics and electronics required
for the HSI system configuration and operation. The Phase I effort will include
prototype plans to be developed under Phase II.
Optimize the designs from Phase I. Provide updated analysis and models for any
design improvement. Fabricate and characterize a system prototype to meet
design specifications. Demonstrate prototype and provide an operating manual
for laboratory and field-testing.
DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Fully develop and transition the compact hyperspectral imager
with monolithic tunable optical filter based on the final design for Naval
applications in the areas of target detection, recognition, and identification.
1. Blake, T.
A., Kelly, J. F., Gallagher, N. B., Gassman, P. L. and Johnson, T. J. “Passive
Standoff Detection of RDX Residues on Metal Surfaces Via Infrared Hyperspectral
Imaging. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.” Analytical and Bioanalytical
Chemistry, September 2009, Volume 395, Issue 2, pp. 337–348. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00216-009-2907-5
G., Chanussot, J., Dalla Mura, M. and Bertozzi, A. L. “Object Tracking by
Hierarchical Decomposition of Hyperspectral Video Sequences: Application to
Chemical Gas Plume Tracking.” IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote
Sensing, 2017, pp. 4567-4585. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7920398
Hyperspectral Imager; Target Detection; Target Identification; Target
Recognition; Long-Wave Infrared; Tunable Filter