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VERTICAL STRAINED LAYER SUPERLATTICE FOR HIGH SPEED OPTOELECTRONICS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
15707
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
15707
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SPIRE CORPORATION
1 PATRIOTS PARK BEDFORD, MA 01730-2396
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: VERTICAL STRAINED LAYER SUPERLATTICE FOR HIGH SPEED OPTOELECTRONICS
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,453.00
 

Abstract:

OPTO/ELECTRONIC DEVICES ONE ATOM IN SIZE ARE THE ULTIMATE LIMIT. AN ARRAY OF SUCH DEVICES HAS MAXIMUM POSSIBLE DENSITY AND SPEED. THAT'S OUR AIM. OUR APPROACH - YOU HAVE A FLIGHT OF STAIRS, AND A SUPPLY OF RED AND GREEN BALLS. YOU DROP THE BALLS, AND SOMEHOW RED ONES COLLECT ON ODD-NUMBERED STAIRS, AND GREEN ONES ON EVEN STAIRS. SUBSEQUENT BALLS LINE UP ON THEIR RESPECTIVE COLOR, BUILDING WALLS OF DIFFERENT COLORED BALLS, IN AN ALTERNATING PATTERN. WE USE CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION TO CATCH ATOMS ON THE NATURALLY OCCURING 25-ATOM-WIDE STEPS OF A SEMICONDUCTOR SURFACE. ARRIVING ATOMS TEND TO COLLECT FIRST IN STEP CORNERS, AND SPREAD TOWARDS THE EDGE. CAREFUL CONTROL OF OUR GROWTH PROCESS PLACES ALL "BALLS" INTO THEIR PROPER SITES. INITIAL RESULTS INDICATE IT MAY ACTUALLY WORK. SUPERLATTICES, (THIN ALTERNATING HORIZONTAL LAYERS) HELPED REVOLUTIONIZE OPTO/ELECTRONICS IN THE 80'S; VERTICAL SUPERLATTICES ARE THE "NEXT" FRONTIER. QUANTUM-EFFECT DEVICES WILL RESULT. PHYSICISTS ARE HAVING A FIELD DAY THINKING UP WAYS TO USE ALL THESE NEW POSSIBILITIES.

Principal Investigator:

Stanley M Vernon
Principal Investigator
6172756000

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Spire Corp
Patriots Park Bedford, MA 01730

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