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Optically Triggered Power Transistor for Photonic Electrical Power Systems

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
73111
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-196-0342
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vega Wave Systems
1275 West Roosevelt Road, Suite 104 West Chicago, IL 60185-4815
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Optically Triggered Power Transistor for Photonic Electrical Power Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-05-M-2553
Award Amount: $99,991.00
 

Abstract:

Under this program Vega Wave Systems, Inc. will design, fabricate and characterize a gallium- arsenide-based optically-triggered power transistor, which has high potential of achieving high-frequency switching capability, without sacrificing switching efficiency or other critical parameters like on-resistance and breakdown voltage. Power-electronic systems comprising optically-triggered devices have the potential for significantly higher switching frequencies and power densities. The proposed device is switched through the photogeneration-recombination of carriers, without requiring any gate-oxide structure like conventional metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor. The optically-triggered power transistor provides several key advantages including increased reliability due to isolation of the switch control signals from the power devices, reduced vulnerability of the resulting power system to electromagnetic interference, higher switching speed at high power, enhanced power-added efficiency, and increased breakdown voltage. In Phase II of the program, a second-generation device will be designed to improve device performance with regard to higher switching speed, optical gain and breakdown voltage. In addition, the device will be packaged with an optical window or fiber-coupled package for testing in Air Force fly-by-light systems.

Principal Investigator:

Alan R. Sugg
President
6305629433
arsugg@vegawave.com

Business Contact:

Alan R. Sugg
President
6305629433
arsugg@vegawave.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

VEGA WAVE SYSTEMS, INC.
1275 West Roosevelt Road, Suite 112 West Chicago, IL 60185

EIN/Tax ID: 233047914
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No