Development of a miniature, hyperspectral imaging digital camera

Period of Performance: 08/01/2005 - 02/01/2006


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Fastvision, LLC
131 D.W. Highway #529
Nashua, NH 03060
Principal Investigator


The objective is to demonstrate the feasibility of producing a portable, self-contained hyperspectral digital camera able to capture and process detailed images in the Visible and Near-Infra-Red (VNIR) spectral range providing the basis for effective object detection and discrimination. This proposal's objective is to reduce size and cost of the hyperspectral digital camera and make it a self-contained instrument by taking advantage of the recent developments in: Volume-phase concave holographic aberration-corrected gratings for flat-field detector arrays, Very-low noise, high sensitivity EMCCD image sensors with high quantum efficiency that multiply electronic charge directly in the charge domain before conversion to voltage, with programmed amplification and very low dark current, Miniature mechano-optical components (MEMS) in the form of the Digital Micro-mirror Devices (DMD High-performance, advanced image processing components optimized to handle the high-bandwidth data streaming.