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MEMS based thermopile infrared detector array for chemical and biological…

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10T004
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Small Business Information
Black Forest Engineering, LLC
9348 Grand Cordera Parkway, Suite 200 Colorado Springs, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: MEMS based thermopile infrared detector array for chemical and biological sensing
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-10-C-0121
Award Amount: $99,965.00


Thermopile arrays manufactured using integrated process compatible materials and micro-machining will provide high performance with low manufacturing cost. Black Forest Engineering (BFE) teamed with Case Western Reserve University will design thermopiles using silicon based semiconductors and compare performance. Low cost thermopiles, differentially coupled with advanced BFE CMOS readout, will provide DOD with rugged, inexpensive, and high performance infrared sensing capabilities. Si (poly and single crystal) and SiC (poly) thermopiles will be designed and performance compared on the Phase I effort for fabrication of linear arrays applicable for infrared chemical and biological sensing missions. On Phase II the thermopile detector linear array will be fabricated and integrated with a BFE readout ASIC. The Phase II sensor will meet future ARMY sensing needs such as Bio-Aerosol Threat Alert.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen Gaalema

Business Contact:

Vivian McDonald
Office Administrator
Small Business Information at Submission:

Black Forest Engineering, LLC
12930 Morris Trail Colorado Springs, CO 80908

EIN/Tax ID: 010700219
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Case Western Reserve University
Office of Sponsored Projects
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
Contact: Derek M. Humphrey
Contact Phone: 2163684510