The research objective for this proposal is to develop a comprehensive program that will investigate and develop low noise imaging sensors capable of recording spectral and polarization information on the same chip and at the focal plane. I will use existing imaging sensor technology capable of recording spectral information, such as the Foveon X3 image sensor with vertically stacked photodiodes, as well as investigate alternative spectral imaging architectures based on my previous experience in this research area. I will develop nanowire polarization filters and investigate their integration with the spectral image sensors. In addition, I will investigate image processing algorithms that will take advantage of the spectral-polarimetric imaging sensor architecture and enable these sensors to be used for variety of applications that require real-time image processing. I will also investigate basic relationships between spectral and polarization information with intrinsic properties of objects, such as shape and material properties. I am proposing a comprehensive research program spanning several key areas: 1. Investigate the design and fabrication of a novel custom made imaging sensor with focal plane spectral detection capabilities.