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Advanced Infrared (IR) Sensor Components for Missile Defense

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
78031
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
B064-011-0081
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NANOLIGHT, INC.
710 ASP Ave. Suite #303 Norman, OK 73069 3069
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Advanced Infrared (IR) Sensor Components for Missile Defense
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-07-C-7657
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

The objective of this proposal is to further develop IV-VI PbSnSe detectors epitaxially grown on Si substrates. The motivation of fabricating IV-VI detector arrays on Si is based on the following advantages of IV-VI Pb-salt semiconductors. (1) The large dielectric constant helps screen and localize the defect related effects. (2) The epitaxial material on Si is highly uniform, and thus the cutoff wavelength in large area is highly uniform. This reduces the demand for powerful signal processing of a read out integrated circuit (ROIC). (3) The low growth temperature allows direct growth of Pb-salt detector structures on Si with integrated ROICs. Therefore, a cost-effective, monolithic focal plane array can be fabricated on a Si substrate. The intellectual merits lie in new growth techniques for IV-VI semiconductor grown on a Si substrate. Our first technique is to apply an annealing method to a thin template epitaxial layer. Another new growth technique is to grow in-situ p-n junction. The successful outcome of this proposal would lead to affordable detector focal plane arrays that have comparable or better performance than the current state-of-art devices.

Principal Investigator:

Zhisheng Shi
President, Nanolight Inc
4056410258
shi@nanolightinc.net

Business Contact:

Zhisheng Shi
President, Nanolight Inc
4056410258
shi@nanolightinc.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

NANOLIGHT, INC.
710 ASP Ave. Suite #303 Norman, OK 73069

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF OKLAHOMA
Office of Research Services
731 Elm Avenue, 134 Buchanan
Norman, OK 73019 2115
Contact: Suzanne Turek
Contact Phone: (405) 325-4292
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university