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Integration of Superconducting Electrical and Thermal Circuits for Microscale…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
80761
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
050018
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Atlas Scientific
1367 Camino Robles Way San Jose, CA 95120-4925
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Integration of Superconducting Electrical and Thermal Circuits for Microscale Cooling
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNG06LA44C
Award Amount: $99,950.00
 

Abstract:

Microcalorimetry is an enabling technology for many NASA space science missions because it permits detection of single photons at high rates with unprecedented energy resolution and efficiency. This remarkable technology relies upon superconducting devices that must be cooled below 100 mK. We propose to construct a doubly-integrated circuit in which critical features of microcalorimeter pixels on micromachined thermal isolation structures are cooled by microscale refrigerators that exhaust heat into the substrate at 300 mK. In Phase 1 we will demonstrate a new process for fabricating suspended thermal isolation membranes that is planar and fully photolithographic. A parallel Phase 1 activity will be to design a self-contained "omni-orientable" sorption refrigerator as a 300 mK heat sink that can be started and operated in any orientation in order to facilitate retrofitting microcalorimeters to existing materials analysis systems.

Principal Investigator:

Ben Helvensteijn
Principal Investigator
bhelvensteijn@atlasscientific.com

Business Contact:

Ali Kashani
Program Director
4085070906
akashani@atlasscientific.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Atlas Scientific
1367 Camino Robles Way San Jose, CA 95120

EIN/Tax ID: 770281491
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Contact: Kenneth R. Paap
Contact Phone: (415) 338-7091
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university