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High-Bandwidth Photon-Counting Detectors with Enhanced Near-Infrared Response

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90680
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
084437
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
O1
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
aPeak Inc.
63 Albert Rd. Newton, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: High-Bandwidth Photon-Counting Detectors with Enhanced Near-Infrared Response
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CA72C
Award Amount: $599,513.00
 

Abstract:

Long-range optical telecommunications (LROT) impose challenging requirements on detector array sensitivity at 1064nm and arrays timing bandwidth. Large photonic arrays with integrated beam acquisition, tracking and/or communication capabilities, and smart pixel architecture should allow the implementation of more reliable and robust LROT systems. Integration of smart pixel technology for parallel data acquisition and processing is currently available in silicon. Current silicon photon-counting detector arrays benefit from a worldwide manufacturing and R&D infrastructure but their response at 1064nm is not suitable for LROT. In Phase I we proposed to verify the feasibility of increasing the responsivity of aPeak's silicon photon counting arrays at 1064nm by increasing their quantum absorption efficiency and demonstrating sub-nanosecond timing resolution. Phase I resulted in photon counting arrays with enhanced response at 1064 nm. Modules to be implemented into the readout IC (ROIC) have been fabricated in compact ASIC designs, suitable for integration into the smart pixel fabric

Principal Investigator:

Stefan Vasile
Principal Investigator
6176171709
svasile@apeakinc.com

Business Contact:

Stefan Vasile
President
6179641788
svasile@apeakinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

aPeak, Inc.
63 Albert Road Newton, MA 02466

EIN/Tax ID: 320113399
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No