Bodkin Design & Engineering LLC, (BD&E) has been assigned a Phase II SBIR agreement from the Navy worth $750,000 for the advancement of a concise polarimetric sensor for sensing the wavelengths in the infrared and visible light spectrum.
The specific condensed device is configured eliminating the use of cumbersome optics or specifically designed focal areas. The device will be deployed for the surveillance of aerial and ground based targets.
This polarimetric sensor inspects and locates various military targets by employing the light polarization phenomenon of the target sources.
The DOD has endowed various characteristics of the photons in enhancing the target inspection and differentiation capabilities. BD&E is a pioneer in this field and has advanced numerous multiple-band, hyperspectral and infrared sensors to reinforce military surveillance. The company will be incorporating polarimetric features to its imager series to boost the effectiveness of the military service.
As part of this contract, BD&E will be fabricating a model of the cost-effective, condensed polarimetric imager for the midwave, visible and longwave region in the infrared spectrum. Laboratory as well as field evaluation tests will be carried out to check the efficiency. This innovative project will extend up to two years and is financially supported by the Small Business Innovation Research scheme (SBIR), developed by the Small Business Administration Office to highlight the nation's advanced high-technology operations that are a vital segment of research and developmental activities of the federal government.