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Pixel Level Gamma-spike Deletion

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Black Forest Engineering, LLC
CO Colorado Springs, CO 80933-8059
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: Pixel Level Gamma-spike Deletion
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $51,443.00


Sensitive operation of passive sensors in a radiation environment requires a means to eliminate the signals caused by ionizing radiation. Black Forest Engineering proposes a signal processing technique to delete these gamma-spike signals that can be integrated into each unit cell of an infrared planar hybrid sensor chip assembly. This technique is applicable to both scanning and staring systems with unit cells as small as 30 micrometers square. In Phase I, a detailed design of a complete silicon readout IC will be analyzed, and a smalltest chip to verify key portions of design will be built and tested. A full scale readout chip hybridized to IR detectors will be built and tested under radiation conditions in Phase II. This work will provide an effective means to eliminate gamma-spikes in a wide range of sensor systems at low cost on the focal plane without burdening downstream data acquisition and signal processing.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen Gaalema

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Black Forest Engineering,
12930 Morris Trail Colorado Springs, CO 80908

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No