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Company Information:

Company Name: EPIR Technologies Inc
City: Bolingbrook
State: IL
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.epir.com
Phone: (630) 771-0201

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $4,891,432.57 54
SBIR Phase II $18,125,631.00 25
STTR Phase I $1,538,528.00 15
STTR Phase II $5,248,871.00 7

Award List:

Development of High Quality and Large (3 & 4 Inch Diameter) Cd[sub 1-x]Zn[sub x]Te Substrates Lattice Ma

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yuanping Chen
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The fabrication of large format, long wavelength (LWIR) mercury cadmium telluride based focal plane arrays (FPAs) is highly desirable for Air Force applications such as satellite power and array cooling reduction along with higher resolution. However, the development of large FPAs has been… More

Development of High Quality and Large (3 & 4 Inch Diameter) Cd[sub 1-x]Zn[sub x]Te/Si Substrates Lattice-Matched to Hg[sub 1-x]Cd[sub x]Te

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yuanping Chen
Award Amount: $745,378.00
Abstract:
The fabrication of large format, long wavelength (LWIR) mercury cadmium telluride based focal plane arrays (FPAs) is highly desirable for Air Force applications such as satellite power and array cooling reduction along with higher resolution. However, the development of large FPAs has been… More

Development of a Monolithically Integrated HgCdTe Megapixel IRFPA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yuanping Chen
Award Amount: $99,760.00
Abstract:
The Fabrication of large format mid and long wavelength (MWIR and LWIR) mercury cadmium telluride based staring focal plane array (FPAs) is highly desirable for DOD applications such as surveillance and target acquisition missions. However, the development of large FPAs has been seriously impeded… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Yuanping Chen
Award Amount: $749,772.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Renganathan Ashokan, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $64,973.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Yuanping Chen, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,780.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr.R.Ashokan, Senior Scientist/PI
Award Amount: $69,987.00

Monolithically Integrated Multi-color Large HgCdTe Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Renganathan Ashokan, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,659.00
Abstract:
The availability of large format, multicolor, high performance infrared focal plane arrays is of the utmost importance to future DoD missions. The semiconductor HgCdTe is the material of choice for multicolor arrays due to its bandgap tunabilitythroughout the infrared spectral range and its high… More

High speed, low noise, near infrared HgCdTe avalanche photodiodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Research Associate
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
High efficiency and speed silicon avalanche photodiodes (APD) are currently available for low-light detection in the 200 to 1150nm range. However, silicon has weak optical absorption beyond 1000 nm. The NASA Surface Topography and Oceanic Measurements programs requires high efficiency, high speed,… More

In-situ p-type doping activation near the MBE growth temperature of HgCdTe for advanced LWIR detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu (P. I.), Engineer
Award Amount: $749,583.00
Abstract:
High-performance HgCdTe infrared focal plane arrays (IRFPAs) sensing in the long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) region and advanced structures such as multi-color detectors required for future generation IRFPAs are highly desirable for various Air Forceapplications. Such device architectures require not… More

In-situ p-type doping activation near the MBE growth temperature of HgCdTe for advanced LWIR detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu (P. I.), Engineer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
High-performance HgCdTe infrared focal plane arrays (IRFPAs) sensing in the long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) region and advanced structures such as multi-color detectors required for future generation IRFPAs are highly desirable for various Air Forceapplications. Such device architectures require not… More

Third Generation Infrared Focal Plane Arrays based on HOT" HgCdTe Detectors"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Principal Investigator: Renganathan Ashokan, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $64,821.00
RI Contact: Byron E.Helms
Abstract:
HgCdTe infrared arrays operating at 77K can now be tailored to a wide range of wavelengths ranging from 1 to 14 mm. However, the cooling requirements of traditional detectors make them bulky and unsuitable for many applications. Due to advancements inmaterials and device technologies, it is now… More

Advanced Multi-Mode Seeker Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,824.00
Abstract:
"Avalanche photodetectors (APD) focal plane arrays (FPAs), with high sensitivity and large dynamic range are the most promising photodetectors for three dimensional imaging LADAR systems due to their low detectable powers and high performance. However, manypresent-day devices have poor bandwidths… More

BMDO02-003E-IR(>0.9 microns) CdTeSe composite substrates lattice-matched with HgCdTe for advanced LWIR sensing focal plane arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu, Engineer/Res Associate
Award Amount: $69,993.00
Abstract:
"High-performance HgCdTe focal plane arrays (FPAs) sensing in the long-wavelength (LWIR) and very long wavelength (VLWIR) infrared spectral ranges are highly desirable for various applications supporting missile defense capabilities. Advanced sensorstructures based on dual or multi-color HgCdTe… More

Superlattice Materials for Very-Long Wavelength Infrared Detectors (VLWIR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: HyeSon Jung, Engineer
Award Amount: $99,812.00
Abstract:
"The fabrication of large format, highly sensitive Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs), sensing at very long wavelength in the IR region i.e beyond 15um (VLWIR) is highly desirable for Air Force's space based applications. Currently, only limited types of arrays suchas 256 X 256 Si:As (5-20 um) are available… More

High-Performance HgCdTe VLWIR Photovoltaic Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tae Seok Lee, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,390.00
Abstract:
"We propose a new generation of non-equilibrium superlattice, high efficiency VLWIR(14 um and longer) detectors that operate in the 40-77K temperature range. The objectives will be achieved by combining the advantages of the molecular beam epitaxy(MBE)crystal growth technique, an innovative… More

Superlattice Materials for Very-Long Wavelength Infrared Detectors (VLWIR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: HyeSon Jung, Engineer
Award Amount: $749,839.00
Abstract:
The fabrication of large format, highly sensitive focal plane arrays (FPAs) sensing at very long wavelengths in the infrared region (VLWIR), i.e. beyond 15um, is highly desirable for the Air Force's space-based applications. Currently, only limited typesof arrays such as 256 X 256 Si:As are… More

Multi-color VLWIR Focal Plane Array for Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Tae Seok Lee, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,984.00
Abstract:
We propose here a new generation of two color superlattice-based VLWIR detectors. The objective will be achieved by combining the advantages of the molecular beam epitaxy(MBE) crystal growth technique, and band gap engineering of a superlattice structurewith reduced tunneling currents and accurate… More

Multi-color VLWIR Focal Plane Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Hye Son Jung, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,972.00
Abstract:
Infrared focal plane arrays that are capable of simultaneously detecting more than one wavelength are critical for improved clutter rejection, target identification, and range. Future infrared systems applications would greatly benefit from multi-colorsensors by replacing the current DoD technology… More

Multi-color VLWIR Focal Plane Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,965.00
Abstract:
We propose the development of high quality HgCdTe-based materials and high performance two-color detector arrays operating in the very-long wavelength infrared (VLWIR) spectral region. The fabrication of large format, high sensitivity focal plane arrays sensing in the VLWIR is highly desirable for… More

Strained Layer Superlattice Using HgTe for VLWIR Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
High-performance detectors sensing in the long wavelength and very long wavelength infrared spectral ranges are desirable for various applications supporting Air Force and Missile Defense capabilities. Limited types of detectors and arrays are currently available for the detection of infrared… More

Long and Very Long Wavelenght Non-equilibrium Superlattice Infrared Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, R&D Director
Award Amount: $99,944.00
Abstract:
We propose a new generation of non-equilibrium, high efficiency long and very long wavelength infrared (8 microns and longer) superlattice-based detectors that operate in the 40 to 77 K temperature range. This technology will lead to the possibility of improving the performance of current infrared… More

Automated Wafer Polishing for Epi-ready CdZnTe Substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Rasdip Singh, Engineer
Award Amount: $69,790.00
Abstract:
MCT grown on CdZnTe substrates is the dominant material for infrared photon detectors. However, the technology for polishing CdZnTe substrates to the quality demanded by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) does not currently exist in the United States. EPIR Technologies proposes to develop a technology for… More

Automated Wafer Polishing for Epi-ready Antimony-based Substrate Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Rasdip Singh, Engineer
Award Amount: $99,737.00
Abstract:
EPIR Technologies has experience in polishing II-VI semiconductor substrates for MBE applications. We propose to transfer this experience to the polishing of Sb-based substrates. The quality of a surface is determined by the degree of surface flatness (or curvature), smoothness, stoichiometry, and… More

Handheld Biological Detection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: James Garland, Senior Scientist – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $99,928.57
Abstract:
Colloidal suspensions of quantum dots (QD) offer a novel, inexpensive means of biological-warfare-agent (BWA) detection using compact lightweight systems that may be deployed in a variety of ways, including handheld biosensors. We propose here to design, fabricate and test portable, lightweight,… More

High Performance Longwave Infrared (LWIR) HgCdTe on Silicon

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $119,925.00
Abstract:
It is critical in the field on infrared imaging to reduce array costs and simultaneously improve their performance. We propose to achieve both. The use of long wavelength infrared HgCdTe grown on Si substrates will reduce the array costs, increase its mechanical strength and permit the fabrication… More

Advanced High Operating Temperature Mid-Wave Infrared Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,991.00
Abstract:
High sensitivity HgCdTe infrared arrays operating at 77K can now be tailored in a wide range of wavelengths. However, the cooling requirements make them bulky and unsuitable for many DOD applications. We propose two novel approaches to increase their operating temperature. In the first approach, we… More

High Performance Longwave Infrared (LWIR) HgCdTe on Silicon

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $729,978.00
Abstract:
The use of Si-based composite substrates for HgCdTe infrared focal plane arrays holds the promise of improved resolution, greater robustness and lower cost as compared to arrays that employ the present-day standard CdZnTe substrates. The principal challenge associated with the use of Si-based… More

Large Format LADAR Receiver Arrays Based on Near Infrared HgCdTe Avalanche Photodiodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
Most seeker systems usually operate at long distances. The return laser signal from the target is not only attenuated by absorption, reflection and scattering by air-borne gas, dust and liquid particles, but also by the emissivity and reflectivity variations of the target surface. High bandwidth… More

Thermoelectrically Cooled MWIR Avalanche Photodiodes on Silicon Substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, R&D Director
Award Amount: $99,939.00
RI Contact: Eric Gislason
Abstract:
Modern Air Force weapon systems need to detect, recognize and track a variety of targets under a wide spectrum of atmospheric conditions. Recent technology developments are paving the way toward imaging optical radars with wavelengths in MWIR range for these applications. The best suited detectors… More

Development of Low Stress Ohmic Contacts to HgCdTe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,967.00
Abstract:
The problem to be solved in the proposed work is that the deposition of the usual In and Au metal contacts on HgCdTe-based IR detectors creates additional stress in the HgCdTe immediately below the contacts, This stress has been observed to getter threading dislocations, which, in turn, creates… More

Thermoelectric Cooling of Photodetector Arrays with HgCdTe-based Superlattices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,952.00
RI Contact: Yong Chang
Abstract:
The most challenging degrading effect on current state-of-the-art focal plane arrays is caused by the random spatial and temporal photoresponse nonuniformity of the pixels. We propose a major improvement by controlling the temperature of individual pixels with individual thermoelectric coolers. We… More

High Speed Room Temperature Infrared Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: UNIV. OF MICHIGAN
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $98,914.00
RI Contact: Jamie Phillips
Abstract:
We propose the development of infrared detectors with high detectivities operating at high speeds and at room temperature in the 1-12 micron wavelength range using a combination of two techniques. First, non-equilibrium device operation concepts will be implemented to suppresses both radiative and… More

Active Pixel HgCdTe Detectors With Built-in Dark Current Reduction for Near-Room Temperature Operation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,902.00
Abstract:
High sensitivity HgCdTe infrared arrays operating at 77K can now be tailored in a wide range of wavelengths from 1 to14 um. However, the cooling requirements make them bulky and unsuitable to be incorporated into robust autonomous sensor systems. We propose to develop detectors with high… More

Strained Layer Superlattice Using HgTe for VLWIR Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $700,000.00
Abstract:
Despite considerable progress with bulk HgCdTe photovoltaic technology, difficulties persist in sensing wavelengths longer than 12 microns with bulk alloy material due to the limitations imposed by high Auger recombination rates and large tunneling dark currents. Strained layer superlattices using… More

Automated Wafer Polishing for Epi-ready Antimony-based Substrate Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jerome Crocco, Engineer
Award Amount: $699,953.00
Abstract:
EPIR Technologies demonstrated in Phase I of this project the ability to polish small GaSb wafers to an epi-ready state. Surfaces smoother than those of typical wafers sold by the best supplier of GaSb substrates for SL growth were obtained. In Phase II, we propose to build upon the experience… More

Thermoelectrically Cooled MWIR Avalanche Photodiodes on Silicon Substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, R&D Director
Award Amount: $749,903.00
RI Contact: Siddhartha Ghosh
Abstract:
MWIR avalanche photodetectors (APDs) are required in modern Air Force weapons systems to detect, recognize and track stationary and mobile targets under various atmospheric conditions against complex backgrounds. Theoretical and experimental results point toward HgCdTe as the material of choice for… More

Thermoelectric Cooling of Photodetector Arrays with HgCdTe-based Superlattices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, R&D Director
Award Amount: $749,872.00
RI Contact: Sivalingam Sivanantha
Abstract:
The ultimate goal of this project is to develop the technology required for the fabrication of monolithically integrated passive thermoelectric devices with infrared photon detector arrays for improved uniformity and operability. The feasibility of using

Lattice Matched Substrates for Mercury Cadmium Telluride growth by MBE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Rasdip Singh, Engineer
Award Amount: $99,957.00
Abstract:
Many advanced HgCdTe (MCT) infrared detector structures are grown by the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) technique, which is especially sensitive to small imperfections, impurities, precipitates, and polishing damage on the substrate surface. In order to achieve very high crystalline quality MCT… More

PbSnTe Thermoelectric Cooled Focal Plane Arrays on Novel Silicon Based Substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Chad Fulk, Engineer
Award Amount: $99,943.00
Abstract:
The MDA's request to detect, track and discriminate long range targets requires infrared focal plane arrays (IRFPAs) that have higher sensitivities, longer cutoff wavelengths (>14 µm), larger formats (> 256 x 256), and higher operating temperatures than the current infrared technology. PbSnTe is an… More

Rapid Detection Nano-Sensors for Biological Warfare Agents in Buildings and HVAC Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Principal Investigator: James Garland
Award Amount: $99,961.00
RI Contact: Michael Stroscio
Abstract:
Currently there is no real-time technology to detect airborne biological warfare agents (BWAs). Conventional technologies require 30 minutes to 1 hour. We propose to design, fabricate and test user-friendly, low-logistical-load biosensors capable of the real-time (~ 30 s. or less) detection and… More

Simulation Tools for Strain Engineering, Manufacturing and Design of Novel Optical and Electronic Superlattice Materials and Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Alok Chatterjee, Scientist
Award Amount: $69,950.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this Phase I proposal is to create a model based on molecular dynamics (MD) that can predict the specific Quantum Dot Superlattice (QDSL) heteroepitaxial structures that will grow, given various factors such as growth temperature, flux rate, and spacer thickness. AlGaN/GaN… More

Active Pixel HgCdTe Detectors With Built-in Dark Current Reduction for Near-Room Temperature Operation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,767.00
Abstract:
High sensitivity HgCdTe infrared arrays operating at 77K can now be tailored in a wide range of wavelengths from 1 to 14 microns. However, due to the cooling requirements, they consume large amounts of power and are bulky and unsuitable for many NASA applications. During Phase I, we demonstrated… More

Multiband Infrared (IR) Seeker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
A major issue that inhibits the performance of current long wavelength infrared (LWIR) focal plane arrays (FPAs) in THAAD seekers is the residual non-uniformity (RNU). This non-uniformity (larger that 0.2% in FPAs fabricated with the current technology) leads to major restrictions on FPA integration… More

ABL (Airborne Laser) Detection Sensor Improvements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
MDA is developing deployable airborne systems such as the Airborne Laser (ABL) for boost-phase missile defense. The ABL's mission would significantly benefit from enhanced target detection and ranging capabilities. We propose an active sensing system compatible with ABL that is based on HgCdTe… More

Microcontainment System for Photolytically Induced Delivery of Biocide Against Biological Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dinakar Ramadurai, Biomedical Engineer
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Currently there is no real-time technology to reliably neutralize biological and chemical agents. Conventional technologies require several hours for decontamination of surfaces either through manual spraying or scrubbing. We propose to design, fabricate and test a user-friendly,… More

Advanced Multijunction Solar Cell & Concentrator System Development for DOD Terrestrial and Space Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase I effort is to investigate the feasibility of using quaternary alloys based on the established II-VI compounds HgTe, CdTe and ZnTe to generate crystals with the desired bandgaps for solar cells and the use of additional down-converting glass plates to allow for enhanced… More

Quantum Calorimeters Based on HgCdTe Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christoph M. Grein, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,953.00
Abstract:
NASA's next generation of x-ray observation missions require x-ray calorimeters with superior energy resolution. Semimetallic HgTe has already proven itself as an excellent soft x-ray absorber material due to its low heat capacity. The alloy Hg0.834Cd0.166Te is predicted to also have zero energy gap… More

PbSnSe Focal Plane Arrays on Novel Silicon Based Substrates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Chad Fulk, Director of Manufacturing
Award Amount: $975,533.00
Abstract:
EPIR Technologies Inc. will develop infrared focal plane arrays that have the potential of increased sensitivity, longer cutoff wavelengths (>14 m), larger formats (> 256 x 256), and higher operating temperatures than the current state of the art infrared photon imaging technology. PbSnSe will be… More

Simulation Tools for Strain Engineering, Manufacturing and Design of Novel Optical and Electronic Superlattice Materials and Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Chris Grein, Vice President
Award Amount: $729,970.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this program is to create a predictive model based on molecular dynamics (MD) to simulate the growth of three material systems of great technological importance: InGaN/GaN, CdTe/ZnTe/Si:As and CdTe/GaAs. InGaN/GaN quantum dot (QD) heterostructures have attracted a great deal… More

Nanostructures for dislocation blocking in infrared detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Principal Investigator: Ramana Bommena, Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Sivalingam Sivanantha
Abstract:
HgCdTe is the material of choice for the fabrication of high performance infrared focal plane arrays. HgCdTe is usually grown on CdZnTe substrates, which suffer from cost and size limitations. Silicon substrates do not have these constraints. Although device-quality HgCdTe cannot be grown directly… More

Rapid Detection Nano-Sensors for Biological Warfare Agents in Buildings and HVAC Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Principal Investigator: Dinakar Ramadurai, Biomedical Engineer
Award Amount: $749,941.00
RI Contact: Michael Stroscio
Abstract:
In the Phase I program, EPIR Technologies successfully developed a technology for real-time, simultaneous detection of several types of biological agents using a novel FRET-based detection technique. The development of multiplexed detection capabilities with extremely low false positives in this… More

Lattice Matched Substrates for Mercury Cadmium Telluride growth by MBE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Jerome Crocco, Polishing Technician
Award Amount: $729,997.00
Abstract:
In the Phase I program, EPIR Technologies successfully developed lapping, polishing, and cleaning protocols for 2 cm x 2 cm Cd0.96Zn0.04Te wafers for the molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) growth of HgCdTe. The implementation of a custom engineered EpiTEKT crystal polishing machine in this Phase I… More

Wavelength and Polarization Agile Infrared Detectors based on HgCdTe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF SANTA CRUZ
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director of R&D/Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,990.00
RI Contact: Joel Kubby
Abstract:
Modern seekers need to detect, recognize, identify and track a variety of autonomously guided munitions under a wide spectrum of conditions and countermeasures. We propose the implementation of hyperspectral and polarization-sensitive techniques based on HgCdTe infrared detectors to improve the… More

High Efficiency, High Mass Specific Power Two-Terminal Solar Cells

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Future NASA missions will require significant improvements in photovoltaic energy conversion efficiency (>30%) and mass specific power (>600 W/kg), and improved radiation tolerance. We propose to develop a high efficiency monolithic three-junction, two-terminal solar cell using lattice matched… More

HgCdTe Detectors Under Non-Equilibrium Conditions for High Operating Temperatures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
High sensitivity HgCdTe infrared detector arrays operating at 77K can be tailored for response across the infrared spectrum and are commonly utilized for infrared focal plane arrays (FPAs). However, the cooling systems required to achieve the desired sensitivity makes them heavy and therefore… More

Passivation Innovations for Large Format Reduced Pixel pitch strained layer superlattice Focal Plane Array Imagers Operating in the Long Wavelength In

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Peter Dreiske, Senior Director
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
A novel surface passivation technique is proposed for InAs/GaInSb-based strained layer superlattice focal plane arrays with a pitch of 15 m or less. Buffered oxide and sulfur-based surface treatments prior to dielectric deposition are proposed as the most suitable and chemically stable surface… More

Nanostructures for Dislocation Blocking in Infrare

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT CHIGACO
Principal Investigator: Ramana Bommena, Engineer
Award Amount: $749,995.00
RI Contact: Luis R. Vargas
Abstract:
Current state of the art LWIR and VLWIR focal plane arrays are typically fabricated with HgCdTe epilayers grown on expensive and limited-size CdZnTe substrates. The transition to silicon-based substrates, which are much cheaper and available in large sizes, has been hindered by high dislocation… More

Ultra-Low-Noise Infrared Detector Amplifier for Next Generation Standoff Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Hari Vemuri, Engineer
Award Amount: $99,997.00
RI Contact: Yang Xu
Abstract:
An ultra-low noise integrated circuit for mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) infrared detectors is proposed. Noise reduction techniques such as active noise cancellation are commercially successful and have been implemented using silicon-based integrated circuits to reduce background and… More

Super Hardened, EMI and Vibration Immune Chemical Biological Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA SANTA CRUZ
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Senior Scientist/Director of R&D
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Joel Kubby
Abstract:
To satisfy Joint Services needs for the detection and identification of chemical and biological agents, infrared detectors must discriminate within a narrow spectral band tunable over large portions of the infrared spectrum. Currently, large, complex, power hungry and computationally intensive FTIR… More

Advanced High Operating Temperature Mid-Wave Infrared Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Senior Scientist/Director
Award Amount: $729,994.00
Abstract:
The goal of this project is to reduce the cooling requirements of MWIR HgCdTe infrared photon detectors and improve detector performance at present-day cryogenic operating temperatures. During Phase I, we designed innovative Pn-N detectors and established the feasibility of growing the required… More

Quantum Calorimeters Based on HgCdTe Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jun Zhao, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,955.00
Abstract:
NASA's next generation of x-ray observation missions require x-ray calorimeters with superior energy resolution. Semimetallic HgTe has already proven itself as an excellent soft x-ray absorber material due to its low heat capacity. Hg0.834Cd0.166Te was shown in Phase 1 to have a heat capacity… More

Microcontainment System for Photolytically Induced Delivery of Biocide Against Biological Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dinakar Ramadurai, Microbiologist
Award Amount: $729,999.00
Abstract:
In the Phase I program, EPIR Technologies successfully developed a technology for the rapid high efficiency neutralization of biological contaminants using a novel photo-triggered release mechanism. The development of polymeric biocide-carrier capabilities with embedded photosensitizers in this… More

Ultra-Low-Noise Infrared Detector Amplifier for Next Generation Standoff Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Illinois Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Don Rafol, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,970.00
RI Contact: Domenica G. Pappas
Abstract:
This project aims to design, fabricate and characterize ultra-low-noise amplifiers for HgCdTe infrared detectors by using low-noise transistors as the active device and implementing novel noise cancellation schemes to reduce the noise figure of the amplif

Corrosion Resistant Naval Alloys: Innovative Multi-Scale Computational Modeling and Simulation Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Zhenli Zhang, Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
EPIR Technologies Inc. proposes to develop a multi-scale modeling tool based on the integration of finite element methods (FEM), molecular dynamics (MD) and cellular automata (CA) that can simulate the evolution of pitting (one of the most important forms of corrosion) and the resultant mechanical… More

HgCdTe Detectors Under Non-Equilibrium Conditions for High Operating Temperatures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director of R&D/Senior Sc
Award Amount: $999,999.00
Abstract:
High sensitivity HgCdTe focal plane arrays operating at 77 K can be tailored for response across the infrared spectrum. However, the cooling systems required to achieve the desired sensitivity makes them heavy and therefore unsuitable for the next generation of interceptor seekers. Reducing cooling… More

Standoff Detection of Landmines Using Acoustic Vibrometry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director of R&D/Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,952.00
Abstract:
The real-time detection of buried landmines from a moving and vibrating platform is a challenging problem mainly due to the limited sensitivity of present-day receivers. The technical approach we propose is to develop a highly sensitive, acoustic-laser vibrometer system combined with imaging and… More

Cathodoluminescence Defect Characterization for Medium Wavelength Infrared (MWIR) and Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR) HgCdTe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Carmody, Senior Director
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Traditional Cathodoluminescence (CL) tools are limited to the Near Infrared (NIR) region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Commercially available NIR CL tools are useful for studying wide bandgap semiconductors like CdTe. However, narrow gap materials such as Mid and Long Wavelength infrared (MWIR… More

Ultra-Low Noise Amplifier for Enhanced Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Don Rafol, Sr. Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
We propose a low noise amplifier for receiver front ends in wideband communication systems. The circuit will exploit wide band noise reduction techniques such as active noise cancellation. High frequency, wide bandwidth signals have several advantages ranging from high data rate communications to… More

HgTe/CdTe Superlattice FTIR Detectors Optimized for the 300-to-1000 cm-1 Region

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Michael Carmody, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The 300-1000 cm-1 spectral region, commonly referred to as the fingerprint region, is rich in spectral signatures; also, blackbody emission at room temperature peaks in this region. Thus, high-resolution infrared (IR) detectors sensitive in this region are seriously needed for the remote sensing of… More

Low Temperature Thermoelectric Cooling of Infrared Focal Plane Arrays with HgCdTe-based Superlattices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: University of Michigan
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director R&D/Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,997.00
RI Contact: Elaine Brock
Abstract:
The deployment of next generation focal plane arrays sensing in the long wavelength infrared will improve the detection capabilities in all major MDA infrared systems. However, a major limitation to the employment of these high sensitivity arrays is the cooling system. Current tactical cryocoolers… More

Photovoltaic cells integrated with thermoelectric coolers for critical electronic equipment cooling and thermal management of base camps

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Michigan
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director of Research & Development
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Kevin Pipe
Abstract:
Present thermoelectric devices operate at about 10% of the Carnot efficiency, whereas the efficiency of compressor-based refrigerators is larger than 30%. An increase in the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT above 3 is needed before thermoelectric technology can replace current air conditioning… More

Passive Infrared Detection of Aerosolized Bacterial Spores

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Michigan
Principal Investigator: Audrius Budrys, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Amanda Coulter
Abstract:
The capability to reliably and remotely detect, identify and track biological aerosols is a critical need for the United States military. EPIR Technologies proposes to improve this capability by making use of the infrared signatures from biological aerosol broadband Mie scattering, comprising both… More

MEMS Lamellar Based Interferometer for the Detection of Toxic Chemicals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director R&D
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
In order to satisfy the DOD and commercial needs for the detection and identification of chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals or biological compounds, we propose a compact, low-cost sensor based on the integration of HgCdTe photodiode detection technology with… More

Focal Plane Array Technology for Passive Hyperspectral Standoff Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Angelo Gilmore, Director of Photovoltaic Testing
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Chemical imaging sensors require focal plane arrays (FPAs) comprising long wavelength infrared (LWIR) detectors suitable for hyperspectral detection. These detectors require high sensitivity to account for the low photon counts in narrow wavelength bands. The required sensitivity elevates the… More

Passively-Cooled Hyperspectral Infrared Detectors and Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
A constant demand exists to improve the sensitivity of trace chemical species measurement systems, which is often limited by the performance of the infrared photon detector components. The significant cooling required to reduce dark currents and increase detectivities is a practical concern… More

Near-infrared, Linear Mode, Photon Counting HgCdTe Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director R&D/Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The MDA is developing deployable airborne systems such as the Airborne Laser (ABL) for boost-phase missile defense. The ABL's mission would significantly benefit from the development of sensors that enhance target detection and ranging capabilities. We propose near-infrared, linear mode, photon… More

Super Hardened, EMI and Vibration Immune Chemical Biological Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of California Santa Cruz
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Senior Scientist/Director R&D
Award Amount: $749,595.00
RI Contact: Sandra Holeman
Abstract:
To satisfy DOD's Joint Services needs for the detection and identification of chemical and biological warfare agents, we propose a compact, low-cost sensor system based on the integration of HgCdTe infrared emitter and photodiode detection technologies wi

Small Pitch Flip-Chip Interconnects for Focal Plan Arrays/Readout Integrated Circuit Hybridization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Peter Dreiske, Senior Director
Award Amount: $69,099.00
Abstract:
Infrared night vision is a key technology employed by the U.S. military for multiple critical applications. The cameras utilize detector pixel arrays (often composed of HgCdTe) hybridized to silicon read out circuitry. For next generation applications, the goal is to reduce pixel pitch and increase… More

Passivation Innovations for Large Format Reduced Pixel pitch strained layer superlattice Focal Plane Array Imagers Operating in the Long

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Siddhartha Ghosh, Senior Engineer – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $779,970.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase II effort will focus on the fabrication and testing of high performance 640x512 long wavelength infrared (LWIR) type-II strained layer superlattice detector arrays. The effort will start with the modeling of devices and arrays, followed by improving the understanding of bulk… More

In-Vacuo Passivation of High Aspect Ratio HgCdTe Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Matthew Chriss, Engineer
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
As HgCdTe technology has evolved, many of the devices used in infrared detector applications have required the creation of high-aspect-ratio morphologies. Therefore, equally important to the creation of these high-aspect-ratio geometries is the ability to subsequently deposit the necessary… More

Compact MOEMS-based gas-sampling sensors for analysis of battery offgassing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director of Research & De
Award Amount: $79,994.00
Abstract:
In order to satisfy the Navy's needs for the detection and identification of volatile organic compounds and other gases relevant to the compromise of lithium-ion batteries, we propose a compact, low-cost sensor based on the integration of HgCdTe emitter and photodiode detection technologies with… More

Ultra-Low Noise Amplifier for Enhanced Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Hari A. Vemuri, Engineer – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
The goal of this proposed project is to design, fabricate and characterize ultra-low-noise amplifiers for radar and signal intelligence applications. High frequency, wide bandwidth signals have several advantages in applications ranging from high data rate communications to high resolution radar.… More

Cathodoluminescence Defect Characterization for Medium Wavelength Infrared (MWIR) and Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR) HgCdTe

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Carmody, Senior Director – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $729,266.00
Abstract:
Traditional Cathodoluminescence (CL) tools are limited to the Near Infrared (NIR) region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Commercially available NIR CL tools are useful for studying wide bandgap semiconductors like CdTe. However, narrow gap materials such as Mid and Long Wavelength infrared (MWIR… More

Super Hardened, EMI and Vibration Immune Chemical Biological Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of California Santa Cruz
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Senior Scientist/Director R&D – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $749,595.00
RI Contact: Sandra Holeman
Abstract:
To satisfy DOD"s Joint Services needs for the detection and identification of chemical and biological warfare agents, we propose a compact, low-cost sensor system based on the integration of HgCdTe infrared emitter and photodiode detection technologies wi

High Coefficient of Performance HgCdTe And Metallic Superlattice-Based Thermoelectric Coolers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
We propose the development of nanoscale superlattices (SLs) as the active elements of high efficiency thermoelectric coolers.Recent models predict that the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT can reach 4 for elements fabricated from HgCdTe-based SLs andcould exceed 6 for related metal/semiconductor… More

MBE CdTe on Compliant Substrates for High Performance IRFPAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Principal Investigator: Richard Kodama, Senior Engineer – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Joe Garcia
Abstract:
Current state-of-the-art infrared focal plane arrays are based on HgCdTe grown on bulk CdZnTe substrates. The use of Si-based substrates would eliminate a number of drawbacks related to the HgCdTe/CdZnTe system and permit larger formats. We have developed growth protocols that produce material with… More

Defect Passivation for High Performance HgCdTe on Si

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: University of Illinois Chicago
Principal Investigator: Paul Boieriu, Director of Operations – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $149,962.00
RI Contact: Luis R. Vargas
Abstract:
Hydrogen isotopes have been shown to reduce the electrical effects of various semiconductor defects. Specifically, monoatomic hydrogen and deuterium passivate the electrical activity of defects such as dislocations in long-wavelength HgCdTe grown on Si. We propose a novel method of controlling the… More

Readouts for Energetic, High-Speed Event Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Angelo Gilmore, Director of Photovoltaic Testing – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Current infrared (IR) focal plane arrays (FPAs) are too slow for the detection of high speed events such as fast moving targets primarily due to the speed of their readout integrated circuits (ROICs). The speed of the readout is not only dependent on the unit cell bandwidth, but also the ability to… More

Passive Infrared Detection of Liquids on Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Angelo S. Gilmore, Director of Photovoltaic Testing – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Rapid detection of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) in the field can provide critical contamination avoidance and reconnaissance. CWAs pose a serious threat to both civilian and military sectors, and present techniques rely on dangerous collection methods, active measurement through external IR… More

Focal Plane Array Technology for Passive Hyperspectral Standoff Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Angelo Gilmore, Director of Photovoltaic – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $749,998.00
Abstract:
Chemical imaging sensors require focal plane arrays (FPAs) incorporating long wavelength infrared (LWIR) detectors suitable for hyperspectral detection. These detectors require high sensitivity to account for the low photon counts in narrow wavelength bands. The required sensitivity elevates the… More

Small Pitch Flip-Chip Interconnects for Focal Plan Arrays/Readout Integrated Circuit Hybridization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Pete Dreiske, Senior Director – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $729,944.00
Abstract:
Infrared night vision is a key technology employed by the U.S. military for multiple critical applications. The cameras utilize detector pixel arrays (often composed of HgCdTe) hybridized to silicon read out circuitry. For next generation applications, the goal is to reduce pixel pitch and increase… More

Infrared Microspectrometer based on MEOMS Lamellar Grating Interferometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of California Santa Cruz
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,999.00
RI Contact: Jordan Riley
Abstract:
Infrared spectroscopy is an invaluable detection and measurement tool intensively used in Earth Science, Solar Physics and Astrophysics experiments pursued from satellite platforms. The geometrical characteristics and sensitivity of satellite infrared spectroscopy systems is often determined or… More

Unipolar nBn HgCdTe on Silicon for High Performance, Low Cost NIR/SWIR Imagers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jeremy Bergeson, Engineer – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $149,995.00
Abstract:
We propose the development of a near infrared/shortwave infrared (NIR/SWIR) sensor based on mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) in an n-type/barrier/n-type (nBn) architecture, designed for room-temperature operation in the 0.7 to 2.8µm NIR/SWIR spectral range. The sensor will compete as a low… More

Broadband High Operating Temperature Focal Plane Array (FPA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director of Research&Development – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $149,995.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We propose the development of broadband, two-color focal plane arrays (FPAs) that will allow the detection of radiation in the visible and infrared (IR) bands from the same target points with registration within the optical limit. The first band will cover the 400 nm to 4 micron… More

Miniaturized Imaging Spectrometer Based on HgCdTe Infrared Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director of Research&Development – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $149,991.00
Abstract:
To satisfy the Army"s needs for the detection and identification of chemical and biological compounds and agents present in improvised explosive devices, we propose to develop a miniaturized infrared (IR) imaging spectrometer consisting of a HgCdTe-based IR focal plane array (IRFPA) coupled… More

In-Vacuo Passivation of High Aspect Ratio HgCdTe Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Fikri Aqariden, Vice President – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $429,222.00
Abstract:
The overall goal of this project is to develop a 100 degrees C temperature ALD CdTe passivation process capable of conformally passivating high aspect ratio surfaces of HgCdTe infrared detectors. The effort is comprised of first establishing the low temperature ALD process, next in fully… More

Detection of Liquid Contaminants on Surfaces Using Hyperspectral Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director of Research&Development – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Quick detection of Chemical/Biological (CB) agents in the field can provide critical reconnaissance and contamination avoidance. CB agents pose a serious threat to both civilian and military sectors, and present techniques rely on dangerous collection methods, active measurement through external… More

Low Temperature Thermoelectric Refrigeration with HgCdTe-based Superlattices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director of Research&Development – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A major limitation to the wide deployment of high sensitivity infrared detector arrays in space environment is the cooling system. Major developments of active cooling capabilities in terms of performance, capacity, reliability and cost remains a primary need. Current conventional… More

High Operating Temperature, Broadband Visible/Infrared HgCdTe Photodetectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director of Research&De – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $741,875.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We propose the development of broadband high operating temperature two-color focal plane arrays (FPAs) that will allow simultaneous detection of radiation in the visible and infrared bands from the same target points. The first band will cover the 400 nm to 4 micron wavelength range and… More

Miniaturized Imaging Spectrometer Based on HgCdTe Infrared Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Silviu Velicu, Director of Research&De – (630) 771-0203
Award Amount: $496,016.00
Abstract:
Improvised explosive devices (IED) present extreme hazards for US armed service personnel; however, current standoff IED detection systems are far too expensive and bulky to be widely deployed in combat arenas. To protect our soldiers from this threat, EPIR Technologies Inc. proposes to develop a… More