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Resonant Tunnelling Diode for High-Power Room-Temp

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
83226
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A074-005-0081
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Resonant Tunnelling Diode for High-Power Room-Temp
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-08-C-0067
Award Amount: $749,808.00
 

Abstract:

The objective of this STTR program is to model, design, build and demonstrate a novel, hybrid solid-state, interband resonant tunneling diode (I-RTD) oscillator capable of operating across broad portions of terahertz frequency band (300-600 GHz) at room temperature, with estimated terahertz output power levels in the 3-10 mW range. Such record terahertz oscillator performance will be of great use in military relevant applications such as chemical and biological agent detection, standoff imaging of concealed weapons and explosives, high-speed data processing and communications, and characterization of bio-molecular based devices and systems. Phase I of this program succeeded in modeling the I-RTD device, and generating candidate device structures based on the InGaAs/GaSbAs/InP compound semiconductor system, which can be synthesized in conventional epitaxial layer deposition systems, and then processed into devices. Phase II will grow epitaxial wafers of these material structures, process them into devices in Spire's semiconductor foundry, and test the devices for terahertz emission spectra, output power vs. drive conditions, and device operating temperature limitations. Phase II will also continue and extend device structure modeling and carry out electrical modeling of the I-RTD devices and their associated circuits.

Principal Investigator:

Kurt J. Linden
Senior Scientist
7812756000
klinden@spirecorp.com

Business Contact:

Mark C. Little
CEO, Spire Biomedical, Inc.
7812756000
mlittle@spirecorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SPIRE CORP.
One Patriots Park Bedford, MA 01730

EIN/Tax ID: 042457335
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF VIRGINIA
Thorton Hall, E218
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Contact: Boris Gelmont
Contact Phone: (434) 924-6090
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university