Abstract:We will develop a new infrared (IR) radiation sensor technology, which will allow the development of arrays of a new class of multi-mode thermal microbolometer detector. This technology will allow radiation detection from the near-IR to long-wave IR, a capability that is absent in competing… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a new infrared (IR) radiation sensor technology, which will allow the development of a new class of low-cost multi-wavelength thermal detectors which are also sensitive to light polarization. This technology will allow… more
Abstract:A clean-slate approach is needed for the design and implementation of wireless networks that self organize and can scale with the number of users, devices, and information objects and services that network users wish to share. This project will develop a new architecture and protocols for wireless… more
Abstract:Existing riverine drifters are passive devices designed to capture, store and transmit river flow and bathymetry information. Problems inherent with passively drifting devices include the inability to maintain uniform cross-stream spatial coverage and lost drifters due to unintentional grounding and… more
Abstract:Our proposal is to develop SCADA Hawk: an integrated anti-tamper technology that uses a hardware-software combined methodology for the observational monitoring of existing systems with selective reaction capabilities. By enabling detailed monitoring capabilities our goal is to isolate anomalies in… more
Abstract:Zenpanion LLC proposes a hardware-based protection mechanism to substantially improve the security of a key component of a SCADA system. The protected component is the on-site intelligent electronic controller installed to perform energy management in a home or business. The controller's… more
Abstract:The growing complexity of future military systems demands the development of high-performance nonlinear control algorithms. The goal of this proposal is to develop a specially designed software/hardware architecture to enable real-time autonomous closed-loop control of nonlinear high-dimensional… more
Abstract:We propose a nine month research program to demonstrate the potential of a set of novel data fusion methods for detecting and localizing distributed patterns of interest in complex networked systems. The technical challenges posed by this problem are significant, but, if they are overcome, the… more
Abstract:Modern military and civilian aircraft technologies are pushing the performance envelope through design and use of new advanced materials with superior property combinations. Aircraft powerplant manufacturers are facing intense competition to efficiently deliver ever increasing thrust, while meeting… more
Abstract:Quantitative predictions of reactive flow dynamics from large-scale simulations of Liquid Rocket Engines (LRE) appear to be model dependent. Relationships and coupling among the dominant mechanisms most responsible for destabilization are obscured by the complexities of the model and subtle… more
Abstract:The proposed research is targeted at developing revolutionary ultrafast photonic devices within the silicon system. The goals of this two-phase program include: (1) Demonstrating all-optical on-chip gain at speeds of several terahertz in a silicon-organic hybrid waveguide system. This will be a… more
Abstract:Intelliware LLC proposes to investigate under Phase 1 of the STTR Program the development of a fine scale forecast model capability that will provide a technologically superior, high resolution atmospheric decision tool to accurately predict areas of clear air turbulence in the upper troposphere and… more
Abstract:The accurate estimation of real space object (RSO) motion is subject to the complex interaction of gravitational forces, non-conservative drag terms and variable solar radiation pressure. Currently many operational algorithms rely on quasi-linear models with Gaussian-Input-Gaussian Output (GIGO)… more
Abstract:The accurate tracking of resident space objects (RSO)s depends on the rapid estimation of orbits using the knowledge gained from sparsely sampled observations of satellites under the influence of interacting gravitational and drag effects. Examples of scenarios operating within this environment… more
Abstract:The objective of this STTR Phase I proposal is to investigate the feasibility of a commercially practical laser source on silicon (Si). Currently, silicon (Si)-based photonics are bottlenecked by the lack of an economical yet reliably integrated on-chip laser source. In this program, Semerane Inc.… more
Abstract:Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems proposes using our purpose built heavy fuel engine designed and built in the USA for small unmanned aerial systems in the tier 2 & 3 class. We will be adding a lightweight ceramic material set combined with FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and heavy fuel atomizer (IRAD… more
Abstract:Magnolia Solar proposes to develop an innovative high efficiency single junction solar cell working with Prof. Diana Huffaker and her group and utilizing multi photon absorption in InAsSb/AlAsSb quantum dot solar cells. The proposed structure has unique qualities required by Intermediate band solar… more
Abstract:The epitaxial liftoff of multi-junction structures provides a means to build photovoltaic devices that are flexible, light weight, and highly efficient. However, current approaches to increasing the AM0 efficiency of multi-junction structures are reaching practical limitations due to the complexity… more
Abstract:This proposal addresses the attainment of conversion efficiency exceeding 35% in a single-junction solar cell. Non-absorption of long wavelength photons and thermallization of short wavelength photons accounts for the loss of over half of the incident energy in a single junction cell; however, a… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to integrate up and down conversion materials into a single photonic device to solve the problem of mismatch between the solar spectrum and solar cells formed from single absorbers such as silicon. Cooperative nonradiative energy… more
Abstract:Current otoacoustic emission probes used for diagnostic evaluation of the middle and inner ear components of hearing can not produce well-calibrated, high-quality acoustic stimuli that cover the upper frequency range of human hearing that is most easily damaged by ototoxic drugs, noise and the… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Approximately 10 percent of hearing aid wearers have 10 dB loss of ability to understand speech in noise, in the sense that they require a signal-to-noise ratio 10 dB better than normal-hearing listeners. Since at m
any restaurants and social gatherings the… more
Abstract:This Phase I STTR proposal will demonstrate nanostructured "metal-black" coatings to enhance absorption by thin film solar cells. The problem is that silicon has low absorption due to its indirect gap. The opportunity is that nano-scale metallic scattering centers increase the effective optical… more
Abstract:We propose to design, develop, implement, simulate, and demonstrate an autonomous control and sensing system for the safe vertical landing of autonomous aerial cargo delivery system (ACDS). The landing site is expected to be unprepared mountain sides with slopes up to 15 degrees and rough terrain… more
Abstract:Areas of research relating to self-healing composites structures have been undertaken by well-known and respected institutions under the auspices of the Department of Defense. Patent literature and public technical communiqu, describe their novel engineering approaches using microencapsulated… more
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