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Materials for Terahertz Detectors

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
86597
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-042-0846
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Virginia Diodes, Inc.
979 Second Street SE, Suite 309 Charlottesville, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Materials for Terahertz Detectors
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-08-M-5402
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

VDI's goal is to use new materials and processing techniques to achieve low barrier diodes that can be used as very sensitive zero-bias detectors and frequency mixers with extremely low local oscillator power requirements. The basic device goals, in terms of the materials study, are to achieve a controlled Schottky barrier height and reduced 1/f noise. The reduced barrier height will be controlled through the optimization of the alloy content of the semiconductor and the use of novel doping profiles. Advanced materials processing techniques will be used to reduce the 1/f noise. Through the successful conclusion of this effort VDI will achieve reductions in both the low-signal NEP and 1/f noise of state-of-the-art terahertz detectors and a fundamental reduction in the size and complexity of terahertz heterodyne receivers through the minimization of the LO power requirement.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas W. Crowe
Principal Research Staff
4342973257
Crowe@VADiodes.com

Business Contact:

Stephen H. Jones
Chief Operations Officer
4342973257
Jones@VADiodes.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

VIRGINIA DIODES, INC.
979 Second Street SE, Suite 309 Charlottesville, VA 22902

EIN/Tax ID: 541845221
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No