Project Title:Feasibility Study For A Field Portable Thermal Infrared Spectrometer
Company:Daedalus Enterprises, Inc.
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Principal Investigator:Lehotsky, James P.
The NASA Geology Program has been stdying the application of thermal infrared imaging
from aircraft and spacecraft to surface compositional mapping. In order to support
these studies, there is a critical need to have a field portable thermal infrared
spectrometer for in situ measurement of the emission spectra of surface materials.
Such an instrument must have good performance in the 5-14 micrometer wavelength
range and be easy to maintain, carry, and operate in the field.
The proposed research will investigate the feasibility of designing and building
an innovative portable thermal infrared spectrometer that is one person portable,
rugged and reliable, and meets the performance requirements. This will require innovative
approaches to spectral dispersion and detection, power consumption, and especially
packaging. The proposed program will investigate a variety of design approaches
to each subsystem, evaluate each with respect to performance and packaging constraints,
and recommend an optimum design. The final report will include the preliminary design
with components specified and configuration identified for Phase II implementation.
Successful completion of the proposed research will result i the design of an instrument
that would produce date to significantly increase knowledge of the thermal infrared
emission characteristics of surface materials.