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Novel Concepts for Next Generation Infrared (IR) Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
74760
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
044-1425
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Polaris Sensor Technologies Inc.
200 Westside Square suite 320 Huntsville, AL 35801-4875
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Novel Concepts for Next Generation Infrared (IR) Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs)
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-05-C-7145
Award Amount: $99,517.00
 

Abstract:

Photon detectors operating at long and very long wavelength infrared detection suffer from high leakage currents because of the small band gap inherently needed at that spectral range. Typical formats of present ROICs are 320 x 256 with a pitch of 30 ¿m. Thus, the absolute impedance of the sensitive pixels is only in the range between 1 Mohm and 100 kohm. For detection longer than 18 ¿m the values are even lower. A custom ROIC is a required development for the type II superlattice FPA. This effort offers ROIC technology that also masks unwanted data from read-out. Qualifying data eliminates the flood of null data in the processing pipeline. The approach leverages existing efforts. The technology dramatically improved images while buying back bandwidth for discrimination. Phase I experiments will identify the specifications and technology gaps. The team offers internal research resources, direct leverage of existing funding and an integration path to a Smart FPA. In Phase II, an FPA manufacturer will help implement the ROIC advancement. Polaris is currently collaborating with commercial FPA manufacturers to port this technology into commercial systems. In Phase II technology gaps will be addressed and designs will be developed for the ROIC.

Principal Investigator:

Michele Banish
COO
2568246547
michele@polarissensor.com

Business Contact:

David Chenault
President
2568246548
david@polarissensor.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

POLARIS SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
5710 Jones Valley Drive Huntsville, AL 35802

EIN/Tax ID: 431998920
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No