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Company Information:

Company Name: STAR Cryoelectronics
City: Santa Fe
State: NM
Zip+4: 87508-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (505) 424-6454

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,223,583.00 16
SBIR Phase II $4,996,868.00 9

Award List:

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, President
Award Amount: $69,382.00

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, President
Award Amount: $69,934.00

Large Format X-Ray Magnetic Calorimeters with Multiplexed SQUID Readouts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, President
Award Amount: $69,965.00
Abstract:
An innovative large format cryogenic x-ray detector is described that is based on an array of magnetic microcalorimeters and fast, multiplexed SQUID readouts. The proposed microcalorimeter design consists of a thick-film x-ray absorber deposited on top of a paramagnetic alloy that is coupled to a… More

Cryogenic Detectors with Advanced, High-Speed Readouts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, President
Award Amount: $599,891.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes three technical innovations in an effort to develop cryogenic detectors for the UV and x-ray regions. Specifically, the development of improved superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) detectors and arrays using advanced process technologies, single-stage SQUID amplifiers with… More

Two-Stage SQUID Amplifiers for Cryogenic Detector Readouts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, President
Award Amount: $599,829.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes an innovative two-stage SQUID-based amplifier and PC-based high-speed feedback electronics without flux modulation for low-impedance cryogenic detector readouts. The proposed amplifier consists of a sensitive input SQUID followed by a coherently modulated output SQUID array.… More

Cryogenic Detectors with Advanced, High-Speed Readouts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes three technical innovations in an effort to develop cryogenic detectors for the UV and x-ray regions. Specifically, the development of improved superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) detectors and arrays using advanced process technologies, single-stage SQUID amplifiers with… More

Two-Stage SQUID Amplifiers for Cryogenic Detector Readouts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes an innovative two-stage SQUID-based amplifier and PC-based high-speed feedback electronics without flux modulation for low-impedance cryogenic detector readouts. The proposed amplifier consists of a sensitive input SQUID followed by a coherently modulated output SQUID array.… More

Advanced Microcalorimeter Instrumentation for X-Ray Microanalysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor
Award Amount: $74,992.00
Abstract:
An innovative superconducting transition edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeter array with superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) readouts is described for high energy and high spatial resolution X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy and microanalysis. The proposed microcalorimeter… More

Surface Micromachined Arrays of Transition-Edge Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,942.00
Abstract:
An innovative surface micromachining technique is described for the fabrication of closely-packed arrays of transition edge sensor (TES) x-ray microcalorimeters. This technique enables individual TES microcalorimeters to be suspended on a thin membrane for thermal isolation from the bath… More

Sensitive SQUID-Based Detectors of the Magnetization of Polarized Nuclei

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,595.00
Abstract:
75308-Fundamental research in nuclear physics, such as the search for the neutron electric dipole moment (EDM), requires advances in detector systems and instrumentation. In particular, advanced detector systems are needed to enable precise experimental measurements of the magnetization of… More

Low-Cost Microcalorimeter Spectrometer for X-Ray Macroanalysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $299,949.00
Abstract:
A low-cost superconducting transition edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeter spectrometer is described for high energy and high spatial resolution X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy and microanalysis. The proposed microcalorimeter instrument offers an energy resolution that is comparable to and… More

Sensitive SQUID-Based Detectors of the Magnetization of Polarized Nuclei

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, Dr.
Award Amount: $250,264.00
Abstract:
75308S Fundamental research in nuclear physics, such as the search for the neutron electric dipole moment (EDM), requires advances in detector systems and instrumentation. In particular, advanced detector systems are needed to enable precision measurements of the magnetization of polarized nuclei… More

Superconducting Tunnel Junction Arrays for UV Photon Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,955.00
Abstract:
An innovative method is described for the fabrication of superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) detector arrays offering true "three dimensional" imaging throughout the UV, visible and near-IR spectrum. Current state-of-the-art STJ detectors are fabricated from thin epitaxial Ta films that must be… More

Polarimeter on a Chip: Antenna-Coupled Microbolometers and Polarimeters for Submillimeterwave and Millimeterwave Focal Planes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,925.00
Abstract:
Future missions to study astrophysical sources at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths require focal planes of 1000's of detectors that must operate at the background limit from cooled telescopes in space, couple efficiently to optical systems spanning wavelengths from 1 cm to 0.1 mm, allow… More

A Microcalorimeter Alpha Spectrometer for Analysis of Nuclear Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor
Award Amount: $89,997.00
Abstract:
A key factor of international efforts to identify and suppress the supply of and demand for nuclear materials, and thereby to deter potential traffickers, is the ability to accurately identify contradicted material and ultimately to trace it back to its origin. Alpha particle spectroscopy is widely… More

Next-Generation Readout Electronics for nEDM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robin H. Cantor, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
Ultra-sensitive Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) sensors are the most sensitive detectors of magnetic flux available. Such SQUID-based sensor systems are critical components of key experiments in nuclear physics, including the search for the neutron electric dipole moment (nEDM)… More

Microcalorimeter Alpha Spectrometer for Analysis of Nuclear Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
A key factor of international efforts to identify and suppress the supply of and demand for nuclear materials, and thereby to deter potential traffickers, is the ability to accurately identify contradicted material and ultimately to trace it back to its origin. Alpha particle spectroscopy is widely… More

Next-Generation Readout Electronics for nEDM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robin H. Cantor, Dr.
Award Amount: $647,001.00
Abstract:
Ultra-sensitive Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) sensors, which are critical components of key experiments in nuclear physics, are the most sensitive detectors of magnetic flux available. However, currently available SQUID readout electronics are extremely dated in terms of… More

A Magnetic Thermometer for High-Resolution 10 mK Scale Thermometry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
An innovative thin-film magnetic thermometer with integrated superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) readout is described for fast, precision temperature measurements in the 10 mK range. The compact thermometer consists of a miniature DC SQUID susceptometer with a dilute paramagnetic… More

Advanced STJ-based X-Ray Spectrometer for Synchrotron Science Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,946.00
Abstract:
A new class of soft X-ray detectors based on superconducting tunnel junctions that offer both excellent energy resolution as well as high count rate capabilities are now becoming available. These advanced detectors operate at around 0.3 K and require a cryogenic refrigeration system and temperature… More

Superconducting Tunnel Junction Detectors for High-Resolution X-Ray Spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, Dr. – 505-424-6454
Award Amount: $149,990.00
Abstract:
X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is a powerful tool used to study the local molecular and electronic structure of specific elements in a broad range of samples ranging from chemicals and biological samples or tissues to soils and rocks. To achieve the utmost sensitivity, X-ray detectors are… More

Advanced STJ-based X-Ray Spectrometer for Synchrotron Science Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
A new class of soft X-ray detectors based on superconducting tunnel junctions that offers both excellent energy resolution as well as high count rate capabilities is now becoming available. These advanced detectors operate at around 0.3 K and require a cryogenic refrigeration system and temperature… More

Improved Microcalorimeter Detectors for X-Ray Chemical Shift Mapping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor – (505) 424-6454
Award Amount: $89,970.00
Abstract:
X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy is a widely used and extremely sensitive analytical technique for qualitative as well as quantitative chemical analysis. Superconducting Transition Edge Sensor (TES) microcalorimeter detectors have now been developed that achieve an energy resolution of 2 eV (full… More

Superconducting Tunnel Junction Detectors for High-Resolution X-Ray Spectroscopy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor, Dr. – 505-424-6454
Award Amount: $999,934.00
Abstract:
X-ray absorption spectroscopy is a widely used experimental technique for studying the composition and chemistry of materials and is one of the driving forces behind the explosive growth of synchrotron light sources and their increase in brightness by many orders of magnitude. However, advances in… More

Improved Microcalorimeter Detectors for X-ray Chemical Shift Mapping

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Robin Cantor – (505) 424-6454
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy is a widely used and extremely sensitive analytical technique for qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. Superconducting Transition Edge Sensor (TES) microcalorimeter detectors have now been developed that achieve an energy resolution of 2 eV for 1.5 keV… More