DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of thermal imaging and infrared detection based on optomechanical sensors. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary science, devices or systems advances.
The OpTIm program seeks to build upon nascent efforts to demonstrate a new class of room-temperature microbolometers and cryogenic, quantum-limited IR photodetectors. To this end, OpTIm will explore a diverse space of intrinsic IR-sensitive materials, nano-assembled metamaterials, and heterostructures that combine enhanced IR-absorption, multispectral or polarization sensitive IR capabilities with high-Q optomechanical resonator integration and quantum-limited optical readout.
Proposals due 1 November 2022