A large market already exists for photodetectors used in fire detection applications. IMS leadership in this market will be provided by the reduced costs, high quality and reliability, high sensitivity, and suitability for both industrial and residential applications. For example the hydrogen flame detection technology can be used in the oil drilling industry. An oil rig burns off waste gas when drilling, such as the large hydrogen flare stack burns on the launch pad, which can trigger false alarms in the fire detection system. Because hydrogen gas is nonpolluting, the detector is expected to gain in popularity for commercial uses. Other industries targeted as having potential interest in the detector are aviation, research laboratories, gas and electronic manufacturers and power generation. Multi-pixel devices planned in the Phase II project will result in dual-color solar-blind imaging devices, which will extend the application potential far beyond the fire/flame detection devices market. These applications will include advanced object and target detection, recognition, and monitoring for military and space-related purposes. A number of novel devices can be developed including optoelectronic fluorescence and chemical sensors, pressure sensors, miniature cold-cathode electron emission sources, particle detectors, multilayer ceramic capacitors, high temperature devices, and hard coatings. The proposed technology targets aerospace applications, where the speed of fire detection and avoidance of false alarms is very critical. Current detection systems are prone to alarm from dust and humidity and are inaccessible by crewmembers for inspection during flight. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that aircraft compartments are equipped with fire detection systems. A false alarm is estimated to occur in the aircraft 100 times more than a true alarm. This results in emergency diversion landings that are costly and that may needlessly compromise the safety of the flight. Current regulations require that the detection systems alarm within one minute of the start of a fire. The overall objective of this project is to develop a viable technology to avoid false alarms in the aircraft compartments by introduction new detection systems. The proposed detection system based on fast and intelligent multi-criteria analysis, will minimize the false alarms by sensing and then comparison of two or more aspects of a fire's signature before alarming. A particular NASA interest is in hydrogen flame detection. During fuel loading operations, a large flare stack flame creates reflections that can often fool other fire detection systems, creating a false alarm. A UV/IR detector can be very sensitive in spotting small hydrogen flames by filtering out the ultraviolet and infrared radiation emitted from the large flare burns and the flame's reflection from surrounding metal.