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Novel Biomimetic MEMS Based Infrared Sensor

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Agiltron Corporation
15 Presidential Way Woburn, MA 01801-1040
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Novel Biomimetic MEMS Based Infrared Sensor
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0099
Award Amount: $749,980.00


This program addresses a new approach to IR imager that closely mimics biological organisms sense principals, having advantages in sensitivity, energy efficiency, reliability, and cost as compared with the competitive approaches. The innovation is based on incorporation of sensitive polymer-molecular with a highly efficient micro-machined thermal-mechanical FPA that directly converts IR image into visible image. The biomimetic material engineering holds the promise to manifold increase in the sensitivity of our established photo-thermal MEMS sensors, providing an unprecedented opportunity to produce affordable IR imager. The new micro-bolometer FPA is a real-time continuous IR sensor without the need for cooling, potentially offering high resolution that comparable to cryogenically cooled sensors. They are manufactured with low-cost large-volume processing in standard silicon or MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) foundries, and packaged using low-cost vacuum packaging technologies. The design incorporates optical readout, which eliminates the drawback of electronic means that inevitably introduce additional signal loss due to thermal contact made to the detector element. Moreover, the design is simple, compact, lightweight, low power consumption, rugged, and long operating life. In the Phase I program, thermal sensitivity of 12mK has been achieved. In the Phase II program, fully functional 320x240 biomimetic MEMS IR imager prototype will be developed.

Principal Investigator:

Jing Zhao

Business Contact:

Lei Zhang
Director of R&D
Small Business Information at Submission:

220 Ballardvale St., Suite D Wilmington, MA 01887

EIN/Tax ID: 043539587
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Iowa State University
2207 Pearson Hall, Room 15, Iowa State University
Arnes, IN 50011
Contact: Thane Peterson
Contact Phone: (515) 294-5225
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university