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Company Information:

Company Name: MP Technologies, LLC
City: Wilmette
State: IL
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (847) 491-7208

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,593,881.00 28
SBIR Phase II $12,930,348.00 18
STTR Phase I $513,327.00 6
STTR Phase II $2,650,600.00 4

Award List:

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Hooman Mohseni, Technical Director
Award Amount: $69,975.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Hooman Mohseni, Technical Director
Award Amount: $99,750.00

Uncooled Infrared Photon Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: CENTER FOR QUANTUM DEVICES
Principal Investigator: Patrick Kung
Award Amount: $401,448.00
RI Contact: Manijeh Razeghi
Abstract:
We propose to develop an efficient heat rejection unit for cryogenic cooling with ultra low parasitic thermal, mechanical, and electromagnetic noise for cooling filters and sensors at HTS conditions. The proposed device will incorporate active micro-scaleheat transfer surfaces, pump(s), and… More

Towed-array Operator Performance Support System (TOPSS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Patrick Kung, Technical Director
Award Amount: $449,948.00
Abstract:
The objective of this Phase II program is to achieve a commercial solar blind AlxGa1-xN based p-i-n ultraviolet (UV) photodetector product, with high solar blindness, high external quantum efficiency and low dark currents. The Phase II work will buildupon the results obtained from the completed… More

Materials for Superlattice Infrared Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Hooman Mohseni, Technical Director
Award Amount: $749,193.00
Abstract:
High performance infrared detectors with cutoff wavelength above 16 micrometers are highly needed for many applications such as early detection of long range missiles, pollution monitoring, and astronomy. Currently available detectors with high quantumefficiency and high uniformity in this… More

Materials for Superlattice Infrared Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Hooman Mohseni, Technical Director
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
High performance infrared detectors with cutoff wavelength above 16 micrometers are highly needed for many applications such as early detection of long range missiles, pollution monitoring, and astronomy. Currently available detectors with high quantumefficiency and high uniformity in this… More

Multi-Color VLWIR FPA Based on Type-II InAs/GaSb Superlattice Nanostructures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
"At present, the most promising technology for VLWIR focal plane array applications is III-V compound semiconductor superlattices based on arsenides and antimonides, such as type-II InAs/GaSb, because of their much larger area and bandgap uniformity, andhigher operating temperatures than currently… More

High Operating Temperature Quantum Cascade Laser Diodes for Free Space Optical Communication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $98,967.00
Abstract:
"This proposal will demonstrate the feasibility and design of quantum cascade lasers for uncooled free-space communication in the mid- and far-infrared (3 < l < 14 um). The primary advantage of the quantum cascade technology is its proven high temperature(>425 K) operation and multiwatt room… More

Type-II InAs/GaSb Superlattice Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays in the Very-Long Wavelength Infrared Range

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $99,461.00
Abstract:
"Photon detectors presently available in the very long wave infrared range (lambda > 15 ¿m) are based on extrinsic silicon and HgCdTe. Due to excessive dark current, the operating temperature of these detectors is below 20K. At present, the most promisingalternative is III-V compound… More

Type-II InAs/GaSb Superlattice Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays in the Very-Long Wavelength Infrared Range

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $749,800.00
Abstract:
Photon detectors presently available in the very long wave infrared range (lambda > 15 micron) are based on HgCdTe and extrinsic silicon technologies. The former technology suffers from non-uniformity, which is unacceptable for focal plane arrays, whilethe later suffers from an excessive dark… More

Technology for Very Long Wavelength Infrared Photon Detectors Based on type-II Superlattices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Patrick Kung, Technical Director
Award Amount: $69,813.00
Abstract:
Photon detectors presently available in the very long wave infrared range (lambda > 15 ¿m) are based on extrinsic silicon and HgCdTe. Due to excessive dark current, the operating temperature of these detectors is below 20K. At present, the most promisingalternative is III-V compound semiconductor… More

Development of Quantum Cascade Laser Heterostructures for Mid-Infrared (4-5 Micron) Atmospheric Transmission

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $69,863.00
Abstract:
This proposal will demonstrate the feasibility and design of quantum cascade lasers for ambient temperature free-space communication in the mid-infrared (4-5 microns). An ideal system would include an uncooled, compact, and durable source of laserradiation in this wavelength range. Conventional… More

LWIR Focal Plane Array Based on Type-II InAs/GaSb Superlattices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Vahid Yazdanpanah, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,532.00
Abstract:
Infrared photon sensors presently available for THAAD applications, with a cutoff wavelength ~8 micron, are based on HgCdTe. These suffer from a high non-uniformity and thus a high focal plane array cost. The most promising alternative is III-V compound semiconductor superlattices based on… More

Development of Quantum Cascade Laser Heterostructures for Mid-Infrared (4-5 Micron) Atmospheric Transmission

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $423,469.00
Abstract:
This proposal is aimed at further improving the design of quantum cascade lasers for ambient temperature free-space communication in the mid-infrared (4< lambda

The Growth of InAs/GaSb Type II Superlattices on Si Substrates for Infrared FPAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Vahid Yazdanpanah, Technical Director
Award Amount: $92,063.00
Abstract:
High performance infrared detectors in the mid and long wavelength infrared (MWIR and LWIR) spectral bands are highly needed in a number of missile defense missions. Type II InAs/GaSb superlattices represent the most promising material system capable of delivering a more affordable and producible… More

Feasibility Study of the Growth of Type II InAs/GaSb Superlattice on GaAs for Infrared Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Vahid Yazdanpanah, Technical Director
Award Amount: $99,897.00
Abstract:
High performance infrared detectors in the mid and long wavelength infrared (MWIR and LWIR) spectral bands are highly needed in a number of missile defense missions. Type II InAs/GaSb superlattices represent the most promising material system capable of delivering a more affordable and producible… More

High Power Quantum Cascade Lasers for Terahertz Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: NORTHWESTERN UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $99,847.00
RI Contact: Charlotte Newman
Abstract:
It is here proposed to investigate quantum cascade laser technology for THz (0.3 - 7.5 THz) applications. Various material systems based on InP and GaAs will be studied theoretically and experimentally with respect to their suitability for laser growth. Material growth, following the design, will… More

Optimization of Strain-Balanced Heterostructures for High Power 4-5 Micron Quantum Cascade Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $99,367.00
RI Contact: Charlotte Newman
Abstract:
In order to extract the full potential of quantum cascade laser technology, a heterostructure with a large conduction band offset is required in order to minimize thermal leakage associated with high average power operating conditions. Strain-balanced heterostructures, based on GaInAs/ AlInAs/ InP,… More

Study of Generation Recombination Process in Type II InAs/GaSb Superlattices for High Performance VLWIR Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Vahid Yazdanpanah, Technical Director
Award Amount: $98,677.00
Abstract:
Very long wave infrared (VLWIR or lambda > 15 micron) photon detectors are highly needed in a number of missile defense missions. Type II InAs/GaSb superlattices represent the most promising material system capable of delivering a more affordable and producible focal plane array (FPA) technology… More

Optimization of Strain Balanced Heterostructures for High Power 4-5 Micron Quantum Cascade Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: NORTHWESTERN UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $749,631.00
RI Contact: Charlotte A. Trink
Abstract:
The mid-infrared (3-5 micron) spectral region is filled with possibilities for laser applications, but most lasers in this wavelength are bulky and/or require cryogenic cooling. The quantum cascade laser is a compact, diode-based laser technology that has the potential for high power operation at… More

High Average Power Quantum Cascade Lasers for Long Wavelength Infrared Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $69,643.00
Abstract:
The goal of this project is to determine the feasibility of a long wave infrared (8.5-12 micron) semiconductor laser source that can operate near ambient temperature with several hundred mWs of average output power. At present, the main focus will be placed on the quantum cascade laser, which has… More

Type II Superlattices on Silicon for Infrared Photodetectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Patrick Kung, TEhnical Director
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
High performance infrared detectors are highly needed for next generation ballistic missile defense missions. Type II InAs/GaSb superlattices represent the most promising material system capable of delivering a more affordable and producible focal plane array (FPA) technology than the current… More

Type II InAs/GaSb Superlattices on GaAs for Infrared Photodetectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Patrick Kung, Technical Director
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Cheaper and higher performance infrared detectors in the mid and long wavelength infrared (MWIR and LWIR) spectral bands are needed for next generation ballistic missile defense programs. Type II InAs/GaSb superlattices represent the most promising material system capable of delivering a more… More

Passivation of Type II Superlattices for VLWIR Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: NORTHWESTERN UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Erick Michel, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,927.00
RI Contact: Charlotte A. Trink
Abstract:
Very long wavelength infrared (VLWIR) detectors are highly needed for midcourse phase missile defense. Blocked impurity band detectors are capable of sensing at these wavelengths but require extremely low temperatures, in the 10K or less range. The InAs/GaSb Type II heterostructure system offers… More

Type II Superlattices for LWIR Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Erick Michel, Vice President
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
Long wavelength infrared (LWIR) detectors are highly needed for night vision and threat warning applications. The InAs/GaSb Type II heterostructure system offers unique design flexibility for new innovative detectors. Type strained layer superlattice (SLS) detectors have been demonstrated with… More

High Power Quantum Cascade Lasers for Infrared Countermeasure Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $149,901.00
Abstract:
Current infrared countermeasure systems are limited by the size and weight of their jamming transmitter. Laser systems based on nonlinear conversion are intrinsically large and inefficient compared to diode lasers. A major hurdle in developing mid-infrared diode lasers has been the realization of… More

High Power Quantum Cascade Lasers for Infrared Countermeasure Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director
Award Amount: $390,488.00
Abstract:
Current infrared countermeasure (IRCM) systems are limited by the size and weight of their jamming transmitter. Laser systems based on nonlinear conversion are intrinsically large and inefficient compared to diode lasers. For current, as well as future, countermeasure systems, mid-infrared diode… More

Passivation of Type II Superlattices for IR Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: NORTHWESTERN UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Patrick Kung, Technical Director
Award Amount: $999,954.00
RI Contact: Charlotte A. Trink
Abstract:
Cheaper and higher performance infrared sensors are needed for next generation ballistic missile defense programs. Type II InAs/GaSb superlattices represent the most promising material system capable of delivering a more manufacturable and affordable focal plane array technology than the current… More

Feasibility Study of VLWIR InAs/GaSb Type-II Superlattice for Focal Plane Arrays.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
High performance infrared detectors in the very long wavelength infrared (VLWIR) spectral bands are highly needed in a number of missile defense missions. The current state-of-the-art infrared detection technology for missile defense programs is based on the Mercury Cadmium Telluride (HgCdTe)… More

Type II Superlattices for LWIR Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Patrick Kung, Technical Director
Award Amount: $1,235,636.00
Abstract:
Long wavelength infrared (LWIR) imaging sensors are needed for next generation ballistic missile defense programs. Type II InAs/GaSb superlattices represent the most promising material system capable of delivering a more affordable and producible focal plane array (FPA) technology than the current… More

Electrically-Pumped III-Nitride Intersubband lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director
Award Amount: $98,921.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed project is to demonstrate the feasibility and potential for the realization of III-Nitride based intersubband quantum cascade lasers operating at near room temperature. III-Nitrides have a large band gap and band offset that make then well suited to the realization of… More

Passivation Innovation for Large Format Reduced Pixel Pitch LWIR Type-II FPAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director
Award Amount: $69,868.00
Abstract:
Type II InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattices represent the most promising material system capable of delivering large format, reduced pixel pitch, long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) focal plane arrays (FPAs) for persistent surveillance applications. At present, one of the most significant hurdles… More

Planar Engineering for Type-II Superlattices (PETS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director
Award Amount: $69,866.00
Abstract:
Type II InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattices (SLS) represent the most promising material system capable of delivering more producible, large-format MWIR and LWIR focal plane arrays (FPAs). Type-II SLS currently achieve performance comparable to that of existing mercury-cadmium-telluride (MCT)… More

LWIR Focal Plane Arrays based on Type-II InAs/GaSb Superlattices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director
Award Amount: $999,857.00
Abstract:
Infrared photon sensors presently available for ballistic missile defense applications, with a cutoff wavelength ~10 micron, are based on HgCdTe. These suffer from a high non-uniformity and thus a high focal plane array cost. The most promising alternative is III-V compound semiconductor… More

AlGaN based detectors for Solar Blind Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director
Award Amount: $98,923.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of the proposed project is to develop the feasibility of large format solar-blind focal plane arrays (FPAs) based on wide band-gap III-Nitride based optoelectronic sensor elements hybridized to silicon based read-out integrated circuits (ROICs). MP Technologies and the… More

Type-II InAs/GaSb material development for two color focal plane arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director
Award Amount: $99,804.00
Abstract:
Tracking and recognition of fast moving targets require fast, sensitive, uniform focal plane arrays (FPAs). However, high performance single band FPAs are sometimes unable to discriminate a target from its background when they present similar infrared radiation at a given wavelength. This may occur… More

Feasibility of High Operating Temperature MWIR Type-II FPAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director
Award Amount: $69,866.00
Abstract:
Current high-performance MWIR FPAs require cooling to ~77K. This generally requires the use of a cryocooler that limits the system lifetime. If the FPA operation temperature can be raised to >170 K without sacrificing performance, then lower power and longer lifetime MWIR cameras should be possible.… More

Electrically-Pumped III-Nitride Terahertz Intersubband lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $749,759.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed project is to demonstrate III-Nitride based terahertz intersubband quantum cascade lasers operating at near room temperature. III-Nitrides have a large band gap and band offset that has generated recent interest for the realization of short wavelength (1.55 um)… More

High Power Quantum Cascade Lasers for Infrared Countermeasure Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Tecnical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $749,579.00
Abstract:
Current infrared countermeasure (IRCM) systems are limited by the size and weight of their jamming transmitter. For current, as well as future, countermeasure systems, mid-infrared diode lasers need to be produced which can satisfy the power needs for IRCM while minimizing the system size and… More

Feasibility of Long Wavelength Infrared Focal Plane Arrays Based on Type-II Superlattice Minority Electron Unipolar Architecture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $99,922.00
Abstract:
Recent development of Antimonide-based Type-II superlattice infrared detectors has resulted in significant breakthroughs in terms of device performance as well as FPA imaging quality. Improvement in material quality and processing technique, as well as evolutionary modifications in device… More

Development of Type-II Superlattices for Two-Color Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $99,844.00
Abstract:
High performance single-band focal plane arrays (FPAs) are sometimes unable to discriminate a target from its background when they present similar infrared radiation at a given wavelength which may occur even if the temperatures of the objects are different. Two-Color FPAs offer an additional… More

Development of III-Nitride Based 280 nm Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $79,560.00
Abstract:
Unfortunately, existing AlGaN based ultraviolet laser diodes with wavelengths much shorter than 340 nm suffer from poor performance. This is partially due to the fact that most of the existing research has focused on growth of InGaN lasers on GaN based templates, but a large part is also due to… More

High performance dual band LWIR/LWIR Focal Plane Arrays based on Type-II superlattice

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Binh-Minh Nguyen, Technical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $999,631.00
Abstract:
Tracking and recognition of fast moving targets require fast, sensitive, uniform focal plane arrays (FPAs). However, high performance single-band FPAs are sometimes unable to discriminate a target from its background when they present similar infrared radiation at a given wavelength. This may occur… More

High Operating Temperature MWIR FPA Camera Based on M-Structure Type-II Superlattices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $774,189.00
Abstract:
Current high-performance MWIR FPAs require cooling with a cryo-cooler to ~77 K, the cryo-cooler that limits the system lifetime. If the FPA operation temperature can be raised to>170 K without sacrificing performance, then lower power and longer lifetime MWIR cameras should be possible. Type-II… More

Reduction of surface leakage for high performance LWIR T2SL FPAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Binh-Minh Nguyen, Technical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $149,866.00
Abstract:
High performance infrared detectors in the LWIR regime are highly needed in a number of missile defense missions. In order to image targets from long distance, it is important that imagers have high sensitivity and high resolution. This leads to technical goals of having low noise, low dark current… More

Distributed Tunable Quantum Cascade Laser Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $149,782.00
Abstract:
Infrared countermeasure and standoff chemical detection applications require a light source with high power output, good beam quality, and a wide tuning range. There are a limited number of viable mid-infrared (3-5 micron wavelength) solutions that can provide these features in a compact and power… More

LWIR FPAS based on Type-II Superlattice Minority Electron Unipolar Architecture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $996,051.00
Abstract:
Recent development of Antimonide-based Type-II superlattice infrared detectors has resulted in significant breakthroughs in terms of device performance as well as FPA imaging quality. Improvement in material quality and processing technique, as well as evolutionary modifications in device… More

Surface Leakage Suppression in LWIR Type-II Superlattice Photodetectors Using Electrical Gating Technique

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical DIrector
Award Amount: $124,902.00
Abstract:
High performance LWIR detectors are highly needed. In order to image from long distance, it is important that imagers have high sensitivity, high resolution, and very low dark currents. This leads to technical goals of having low noise, low dark current in small size pixels in large arrays. While… More

Monolithic, Widely Tunable, THz Local Oscillator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Steven B. Slivken, Technical DIrector
Award Amount: $124,772.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes development of a new type of quantum-cascade laser for use as a local oscillator at frequencies above 2 THz. The THz source described is a single chip solution that operates at room temperature. In addition, a mechanism for wide tuning (2-4.7 THz) is described that requires… More

Surface Leakage Suppression via Gaiting in LWIR Single- and Multi-Color Type-II Superlattice Photodetectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ryan McClintock, Technical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $997,853.00
Abstract:
High performance infrared detectors in the LWIR regime are highly needed in a number of missile defense missions. In order to image targets from long distance, it is important that imagers have high sensitivity and high resolution. This leads to technical goals of having low noise, low dark current… More

Ultra-Wide Continuous Wave Electrical Tuning with a Multi-Section Quantum Cascade Laser

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Steven Slivken, Technical Director – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $165,443.00
Abstract:
Infrared countermeasure and standoff chemical detection applications require a light source with high power output, good beam quality, and a wide tuning range. There are a limited number of viable mid-infrared (3-5 micron wavelength) solutions that can provide these features in a compact and power… More

Ring-Cavity Surface-Emitting Quantum Cascade Lasers for High Power Applications at 4.5 um

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Yanbo Bai, Senior Engineer – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $79,975.00
RI Contact: Professor M. Razeghi
Abstract:
Surface emitting semiconductor lasers eliminate the necessity for facet cleaving and allow for wafer scale testing, which increase the manufacturing yield and reduces the cost. However, in the mid-infrared, surface emitting semiconductor lasers are significantly underdeveloped compared to edge… More

III-Nitride Based High-Power 340 nm Lasers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Yanbo Bai, Senior Engineer – (847) 491-7208
Award Amount: $749,920.00
Abstract:
Existing ultraviolet laser diodes with wavelengths much shorter than 365 nm suffer from poor performance. This is partially due to limited research in this area, but a large part is also due to material and processing issues unique to deep UV lasers. New approaches to achieving 340 nm III-Nitride… More