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Company Information:

Company Name: LIGHTSPIN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
City: ENDWELL
State: NY
Zip+4: 13760-2524
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (301) 656-7600

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,683,898.00 15
SBIR Phase II $3,579,384.00 5
STTR Phase I $99,000.00 1
STTR Phase II $750,000.00 1

Award List:

Optical Gain Modulators and Switches Using Toggling (BMDO02-011B)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, Research Manager
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
"An optical waveform can be driven by an electrical signal using the novel physics and device structure of a "toggling" gain modulator. Operation over 100 GHz is anticipated with high extinction. Toggling modulators are expected to dissipate little power,tolerate wide variation in operating… More

Optical Gain Modulators and Switches Using Toggling (BMDO02-011B)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, Research Manager
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
We will develop and demonstrate Geiger mode APDs using novel materials set, device structure, and circuit for short wavelength (500 - 600 nm) ladar pixels and pixel arrays. Our approach promises extremely low dark count rates at room temperature (1 cps).This quietness allows trade-offs among larger… More

High Specific Power Polycrystalline Solar Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, Research Manager
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The physical principles enabling a new class of polycrystalline thin film solar cells will be proven experimentally. The materials and device structure promise efficiency approaching that of single crystal material, even with grain sizes as small as 5 um.The new material's exceptional defect… More

SBIR Phase II: Ultimate Sensitivity Photodetector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, Dr
Award Amount: $98,908.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project proposes to develop a solid state photodetector with ultimate sensitivity and wide dynamic range at room temperature, capable of efficiently seeing signals from a single photon to trillions per second, featuring high speed, zero… More

1.5 um SPAD for Ladar Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, Research Manager
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
A solid state photodetector will be developed for efficient detection of 1.5 um photons with single photon sensitivity, notably offering operation above 200 K without needing gating. The photodetector will be an avalanche photodiode operated in Geiger modeand fabricated using novel materials and a… More

8 mm Diameter Solid State Photodetector at 532 nm

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, Research Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a high performance, solid state photodetector with 8 mm diameter. It will use a novel solid state microchannel plate incorporating a proprietary avalanche gain structure. In Phase I, the design concept will be validated experimentallyto prove feasibility and scalability. The… More

Multi-GHz InP TFT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: Yale University
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, Research Manager
Award Amount: $99,000.00
RI Contact: Suzanne K. Polmar,
Abstract:
This project proposes design, construction and demonstration of a new type of thin-film transistor (TFT), based on indium phosphide compound semiconductors. Models predict unity power gain and unity current gain (fT and fmax) above 10 GHz for the new TFTs in a polycrystalline form compatible with… More

Ultimate Sensitivity Solid State Photodetector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon
Award Amount: $263,092.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We propose a solid-state single-photon avalanche detector (SPAD), based on large band gap compound semiconductor materials and a new Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode structure. It will be able to detect light levels down to lone photons with uniquely low… More

SBIR Phase II: Ultimate Sensitivity Photodetector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, Dr
Award Amount: $355,974.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project proposes to develop a solid state photodetector with ultimate sensitivity and wide dynamic range at room temperature, capable of efficiently seeing signals from a single photon to trillions per second, featuring high speed, zero… More

Multi-GHz TFT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: YALE & PURDUE UNIVERSITIES
Principal Investigator: Eric Harmon, Research Manager
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: John Olender
Abstract:
The project will demonstrate a multi-GHz thin-film transistor with multi-micron feature sizes. The inherently defect-tolerant character of the indium arsenide-based materials system supports high mobilities in defect-rich, polycrystalline epitaxial layers. Circuits using the TFTs will eventually be… More

High Speed Readout for Focal-Plane Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, Research Manager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A focal-plane array module will be developed including a read-out integrated circuit bump-bonded to a compound semiconductor avalanche photodiode array, supporting 3D imaging for coherent and incoherent pulsed ladars with range resolution finer than 15 cm. The ROIC, already in its fourth generation… More

Uncooled Solid-State Spectrometer Detector with Ultimate Sensitivity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, Research Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
LightSpin Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop an innovative solid-state microchannel plate (SSMCP) detector for the focal plane of LIBS instruments. It is a true solid-state replacement for vacuum microchannel plate technologies such as those used in intensified CCDs, and will provide sensitivity… More

PET Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon
Award Amount: $749,997.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): LightSpin Technologies, Inc., proposes to develop an innovative, solid-state microchannel photodetector (SSMCP) for PET and SPECT applications. This is the first room temperature solid-state photodetector capable of out performing photomultiplier tubes. The SSMCP… More

Uncooled Solid-State Spectrometer Detector with Ultimate Sensitivity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, Vice President of Researc
Award Amount: $729,931.00
Abstract:
LightSpin Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop an innovative time resolved spectrometer focal plane array (FPA) detector technology for LIBS applications. The FPA will use a 1 x 1024 pixelated array of solid-state microchannel plate (SSMCP) photodetectors, which are a true solid-state replacement… More

Broadband UV to SWIR Focal Plane with Single Photon Capabilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Eric Harmon, V.P. of Research
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
LightSpin Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop a broadband photodetector technology with high quantum efficiency and low noise spanning the wavelength range of 200 -- 2500 nm. LightSpin's unique approach enables full darkness-to-daylight operation with single photon sensitivity, more than 20 bits… More

Very Low Cost Photomultiplier Chip for Disposable Gamma Spectrometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon, VP/Research
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We seek proposals to develop, design and build inexpensive radiation detectors capable of crude gamma spectroscopy. Ideally these detectors will be simple and inexpensive enough to be deployed in large numbers and essentially disposable. DESCRIPTION: In DTRA's efforts to prevent the spread… More

Radiation Hard GaAs Photomultiplier Chip(TM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Eric Harmon, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The photodetectors used to count scintillations from energetic elementary particles are vulnerable to radiation. Historically, this has meant that high-voltage/high-vacuum tubes, such as photomultiplier tubes and micro-channel plates, had to be used instead of solid-state detectors, despite their… More

Photomultiplier Chip(TM) for ultra-fast TOF-PET

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon
Award Amount: $197,905.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): LightSpin Technologies, Inc., proposes to develop a photodetector module capable of providing ultra-fast timing resolution for TOF-PET applications. The photodetector module exploits LightSpin's ultra-fast Photomultipli er ChipTM technology, which is capable of… More

Focal-Plane Array for LDV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Eric Harmon, Vice President of Research
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
LightSpin Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop a revolutionary photoreciever focal plane for coherent laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) applications. The approach readily scales to tens of thousands of pixels, while maintaining low power and sampling rates in excess of 100 MSa/s. In Phase I,… More

Radiation Hard GaInP Photomultiplier Chip(TM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Eric Harmon, Mr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
LightSpin Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop radiation-hard GaInP Photomultiplier Chips. GaInP is extraordinarily radiation hard, capable of withstanding at least 100,000-fold higher radiation flux than silicon. LightSpins GaInP Photomultiplier Chip technology enables the production of GaInP… More

Rad Hard Imaging Array with Picosecond Timing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric Harmon, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,998.00
Abstract:
For a wide range of remote sensing applications, there is a critical need to develop imaging arrays that simultaneously achieve high spatial resolution, high sensitivity, and sub-nanosecond timing resolution. Many of these remote sensing applications furthermore are satellite and space based, where… More

GaAs Photomultiplier Chip(TM) for TOF-PET

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Eric S. Harmon – 508-809-9052
Award Amount: $993,482.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): LightSpin Technologies, Inc., proposes a Phase II SBIR to develop a new photodetector component (the GaAs Photomultiplier Chip ) for ultrafast TOF-PET applications. The goal is to build a solid-state photodetector witha single photon timing resolution of 50 ps… More