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Superconducting Thin-Film Interconnects for Cryogenic Photon Detector Arrays

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
76660
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
040146
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Luxel Corporation
515 Tucker Avenue Friday Harbor, WA 98250-8040
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Superconducting Thin-Film Interconnects for Cryogenic Photon Detector Arrays
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNG05CA59C
Award Amount: $69,943.00
 

Abstract:

Advanced imaging spectrometers for x-ray astronomy will require significant improvements in the high density interconnects between the detector arrays and the first stage electronics. These detectors operate at 50 to 100 mK, while the first stage is held between 1.3-1.5 K. Interconnects are needed that provide the required signal paths while imparting a thermal heat load on the detector stage of less than 0.5 microwatts. The innovation proposed to meet this need is a ribbon of ultra-thin polyimide supporting a high-density array of vacuum deposited superconducting traces. No such innovative high-density interconnects are available today. Phase I will test material properties of superconducting thin films fundamental to interconnect performance and prepare prototype devices that demonstrate the feasibility of this approach.

Principal Investigator:

David A. Grove
3603784137
david.grove@luxel.com

Business Contact:

Forbes Powell
President
3603784137
forbes.powell@luxel.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Luxel Corporation
P.O. Box 1879 Friday Harbor, WA 98250

EIN/Tax ID: 911404974
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No