Standoff ILluminator for Measuring Absorbance and Reflectance Infrared Light Signatures (SILMARILS)
The SILMARILS program aims to develop a portable system for real-time standoff detection and identification of trace chemical residues on surfaces using active infrared spectroscopy at a 30 meter range. Program goals include: high chemical sensitivity and specificity across a broad range of target classes; effective operation in a real-world environment accounting for issues such as gas phase and surface-adsorbed clutter, varying substrates, temperature, humidity, indoor/outdoor background light; a system that is eye-safe and has a visually unobservable illumination beam; human-portable size and power draw commensurate with limited-duration battery operation; and a rapid scan rate.
Figure 1 provides some representative examples of potential SILMARILS applications. These notional operational concepts are designed to motivate an understanding of program goals and metrics, and as such should not be taken as either a comprehensive list of potential applications, or a guarantee that any of these specific applications will be implemented.
Performers (Prime Contractors)
Block MEMS, LLC; Leidos, Inc.; LGS Innovations, LLC; Physical Sciences, Inc.; Spectrum Photonics
- Chemical detection and identification (including standoff, remote, and ultra-compact/low power approaches)
- Optical sensors
- Novel laser designs
- Frequency combs
- Nonlinear optics
- Fiber optic sensors/lasers/devices
To access SILMARILS program-related publications, please visit Google Scholar.
- U-M Researchers Design Chemical Detector Which can be Downsized to a Shoebox
- A Shoebox-sized Chemical Detector
- USAF selects Block MEMS for trace chemicals detection
- Virginia company wants to create laser gun to detect dangerous chemicals
- IARPA Wants a Hand-Held Laser Gun That Can Detect Chemicals 100 Feet Away
- LGS Innovations Wins $11.2M Contract to Develop Laser for Detecting Chemical Residue
- LGS Innovations Awarded $11.2M Air Force Contract to Develop Remote Chemical Sensor
- IARPA Wants A Magical All-In-One Chemical Detection Tool
- New funding opportunity from IARPA — introducing the SILMARILS program