NASA SBIR 2003 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 03- II E1.01-8928
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Passive Optics
PROPOSAL TITLE: Large Format Uncooled Focal Plane Array

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tyler Erickson
terickson@bfe.com
1879 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918-7877
(719)593-9501
U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident: Yes

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Black Forest Engineering has identified innovative modifications in uncooled focal plane array (UFPA) architecture and processing that allows development of large format long wavelength infrared (8-14 ?m) imaging sensors to meet future NASA system requirements for a light weight, low power, and radiation tolerant imager. These modifications allow development of bolometer-based large format UFPA, with a pixel pitch of 20-?m and 1024x768 pixel elements with sensitivity comparable to commercially available UFPAs with 30-?m pixel pitch. The identified modifications are applicable to amorphous silicon bolometer-based UFPAs, such as those manufactured by Raytheon Commercial Infrared in Dallas, Texas.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Black Forest Engineering's proposed large format focal plane array has non-NASA commercial applications such as radiometers, security and surveillance systems, medical imaging, gas/chemical analyzers and vision enhancement for navigation at night and in fog.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
Black Forest Engineering's proposed large format (1024x768) focal plane array has NASA commercial applications for remote sensing applications such as aircraft, balloon-borne, space flight platforms, Planet Landing Aid in Dust Storms, Thermal Emission LWIR Imaging. Radiation tolerance and no need for temperature stabilization make it practical for a wide range of systems, especially applications requiring low power consumption and long life.