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Company Information:

Company Name: Voxtel Inc.
City: Beaverton
State: OR
Zip+4: 97006-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (971) 223-5646

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $9,658,644.00 95
SBIR Phase II $34,929,329.04 45
STTR Phase I $639,971.00 7
STTR Phase II $1,921,270.00 1

Award List:

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George Williams, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James Gates, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $75,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James Gates, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
High performance NIR APDs suitable for photon counting are presently unavailable. New high sensitivity, high speed photodetectors operating from 1.0 to 1.6 microns are needed for both military and commercial applications. New research has demonstrated APD structures, which use a Si … More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James Gates, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $276,825.00
Abstract:
High performance NIR APDs suitable for photon counting are presently unavailable. New high sensitivity, high speed photodetectors operating from 1.0 to 1.6 microns are needed for both military and commercial applications. New research has demonstrated APD structures, which use a Si … More

Single-pulse, Infrared Imaging Spectropolarimic Ladar Seeker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, Managing Director
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
Voxtel Inc. proposes to optimize a novel and robust real-time, single-pulse, computed tomographic imaging infrared spectropolarimic ladar (CTIIRSPL) that acquires full multispectral and polarization information for all points within the FOV withhigh-resolution range and range resolved intensity… More

OPTIMIZED UV SOLAR BLIND GaN/AlGaN AVALANCHE PHOTODIODE FPA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James Gates, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
High performance ultraviolet solar blind APD arrays are presently unavailable. In this Phase I SBIR, Voxtel Inc proposes to optimize the design of a UV solar blind avalanche photodiode array enabled by: advances in GaN and AlGaN material growth andprocessing, a novel device architecture, and… More

INTELLIGENTSOI CMOS VISION-SYSTEM-ON-A-CHIP (VSOC) FOR SPACE OPERATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, Managing Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR effort, Voxtel Inc. proposes to optimize a high-performance,low power, silicon-on-insulator (SOI) CMOS, intelligent vision-system-on-a-chip (VSOC) that monolithically integrates, without compromising the optimal design and processingof any of its features, nearly ideal… More

DUAL BAND INFRARED RADIOMETER FOR PRECISE BATTLEFIELD SKIN TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, Managing Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Voxtel Inc. proposes in this Phase I effort to develop and optimize for the battlefield environment, a miniature, robust, and reliable multi-band infrared radiometer that will remotely monitor vital physiological parameters and provide accurate measures ofmillimeter wave induced hyperthermia.… More

Multi-Modal LWIR/VLWIR Focal Plane Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James Gates, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to optimize the design of a highly versatile active/passive multi-color focal plane array (FPA). The device integrates, within a single pixel, both avalanche photodiode (APD) and two-color LWIR/VLWIR sensing capabilities. The design is based onwell proven HgCdTe heterostructure techniques… More

3-D LADAR Polarimeter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Managing Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Polarization will increasingly be an important tool in ballistic missile defense. However, in practice, implementing a robust polarimetric system necessitates addressing a number of complex issues and challenges. Furthermore, polarimetric systems,traditionally have relied on spatial or sequential… More

Radiation Hard, Stacked LADAR Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Managing Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
To engender future developments in space-based ladar systems, innovative approaches to realizing high-density, radiation-hard readout integration circuits (ROIC) are required. The object of this proposed effort is to support space-based ladar sensingsystems by developing a radiation hard,… More

High Reliability, Radiation Hard, Electron Bombarded SOI CMOS Image Tubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, Managing Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Electron-bombarded sensors have been researched for over thirty years and the general theory of operation has been proven and prototype devices demonstrated. However thus far, they have yet to be manufactured in a cost effective manner with optimizedperformance characteristics. Furthermore, the… More

Rad Hard, Back-illuminated, SOI CMOS Star Tracker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Managing Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
To satisfy the demand for a reliable, high sensitivity, radiation hardened imager for space vehicle navigation star tracking tasks, we will design, simulate and optimize a radiation hard, silicon-on-insulator (SOI), fully-depleted, back-illuminatedstartracking sensor with enhanced sensitivity and… More

High-Performance Geiger Mode 1.06 micron APD Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Managing Director
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Conventional InGaAs/InP based APDs have very poor multiplication noise performance. While InGaAs is an excellent infrared absorber, it is a poor signal multiplier. InGaAs/InP APD devices also exhibit poor dark current and afterpulsing characteristics,which result in false signals and makes their… More

Active/Passive Two-color Infrared Focal Plane

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James Gates, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
We will optimize the design of a monolithic, highly-integrated, active/passive, two-color infrared detector capable of S/MWIR avalanche photodetection, (S)MWIR passive photodetection, or LWIR passive photodetection. The structure is constructed usingback-to-back photodiodes (one designed for unity… More

DUAL BAND INFRARED RADIOMETER FOR PRECISE BATTLEFIELD SKIN TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, Managing Director
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop a two-color, ratio radiometer for precise skin temperature measurements of adversaries exposed to the millimeter wave radiation source of the Active Denial System (ADS). We will achieve +/- 1 degree Celsius absolute temperature accuracy over the global range of operation… More

Rad Hard, Back-illuminated, SOI CMOS Star Tracker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II SBIR program, Voxtel, Inc. will execute a design of experiments (DOE) to optimize the architecture and processes required to robustly manufacture, with high yields, a high performance radiation-hard, silicon-on-insulator complimentary metal-oxide-semiconductor (SOI CMOS) imager that… More

Revolutionary Photoreceivers Based on Combining Si-MOS Process with SiGe Nanotechnology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Gates, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Voxtel, Inc. proposes to optimize the design of a SiGe quantum dot (QD) detector capable of 1300nm and 1550nm response, with good responsivity at zero volt bias voltage, and with low dark current. The proposed SiGe quantum dot detectors makes it feasible to integrate long wavelength near infrared… More

High-Performance Geiger Mode 1.06 micron APD Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James L. Gates, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,995.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II SBIR program, Voxtel will design, manufacture, and test a 32 by 32 element, 30-micron pitch, 1064-nm optimized Geiger Mode (GM) avalanche photodiode (APD) array. The array will be electrically and optically characterized and will be tested for total dose radiation performance. The… More

Optical Sensor for Tracking and Discrimination of Multiple Targets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR program, Voxtel, Inc. proposes to develop a novel focal plane technology aimed at enhancing the passive and active ground-based, deep space surveillance and tracking of multiple targets in real-time. To increase the performance and functionality of tracking focal plane arrays,… More

Future Night Vision System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR program, a Voxtel, Inc. led team proposes to develop the design of an ultra-lightweight, future night vision imaging system. During Phase I, we will perform the necessary performance, anthropometric, reliability, and safety tradeoff analysis, and we will optimize an approach to… More

Highly Stable, Large Format EUV Imager

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Higher detection efficiency and better radiation tolerance imagers are needed for the next generation of EUV instruments. Previously, CCD technology has demonstrated EUV instability as well as degraded performance in radiation environments. Fortunately, CMOS imager technology has evolved to the… More

Ultra-low Noise, High Bandwidth, 1550nm HgCdTe APD

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James Gates, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Voxtel Inc. proposes to optimize the design of a large area, 1.55?m sensitive HgCdTe avalanche photodiode (APD) that achieves high gain with nearly no excess noise. By optimizing the APD device structure and by exploiting the most recent insight into the material?s ionization characteristics, we… More

Innovative Techniques for Missile Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James Gates, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Voxtel, Inc. proposes to optimize the design of a 1.00-¿m to 1.55-¿m near infrared (NIR) linear mode (LM)HgCdTe avalanche photodiode (APD) array that achieves high gain with nearly no excess noise, so as to achieve high bandwidth (e.g. > 1 GHz) single photon counting laser radar (LADAR)… More

Revolutionary Photoreceivers Based on Combining Si-MOS Process with SiGe Nanotechnology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James L. Gates, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $743,021.00
Abstract:
In this effort, a new class of optoelectronic detector will be developed for the express purpose of sensitizing high-performance silicon CMOS receiver circuits to near infrared (NIR) signals in the 1310 and 1550 nm bands commonly used for optical communications. Our photosensitive polymer… More

Future Night Vision System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
With the goal of providing aviators a new generation night vision system with a wide field of view (WFOV) and with sensitivity over a wide range of nighttime conditions, a new class of high resolution, low power, short wavelength infrared (SWIR) detector will be designed and demonstrated. The… More

Ultra-low Noise, High Bandwidth, 1550nm HgCdTe APD

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James L. Gates, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
To meet the demands of future high-capacity free space optical communications links, a high bandwidth, near infrared (NIR), single photon sensitive optoelectronic receiver will be designed, manufactured, and demonstrated. The unique vertical charge transport electron avalanche photodiode (EAPD)… More

Solid-state LIDAR Chip

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The design of a compact, high performance, solid state lidar receiver for underwater mine detection will be developed. The receiver's high frame rate operation and near single-photon sensitivity capability will enable range resolved imaging of mine like objects through greater than 6 attenuation… More

Enhanced Focal Plane Array Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George Soli, Scientist III
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A high pixel density, large format, near infrared (NIR) focal plane array, capable of response times ranging from 10 ns to DC, will be designed and demonstrated effective in reducing the uncertainty in radiometric field measurements of high-energy laser spot spatial distributions. The germanium… More

Uncooled, Long-Life Wavefront/Tracking Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The feasibility of using AlGaInAs avalanche photodiodes (APDs) operated in linear mode as high-frame- rate solid state wavefront and tracking sensor elements capable of detecting single photons will be established. The small contrast between electron and hole ionization coefficients in common III-V… More

Solid-state LIDAR Chip

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $299,811.00
Abstract:
A Solid-State Imaging LIDAR (SSIL) receiver for the AN/AES-1 and AN/AQS-20A mine detection systems will be designed, fabricated, tested, and demonstrated. Each of the SSIL's 1024 signal channels tightly couples a highly-sensitive APD with a wide-bandwidth, low-noise amplifier, and high-sample-rate… More

High Efficiency, Easy-to-Manufacture Engineered Nanomaterials for Thermoelectric Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR program, high thermoelectric figure-of-merit (ZT) nanocrystal quantum dot (NQD) thermoelectric (TE) materials will be developed that have thermal efficiency properties far better than traditional bulk thermoelectric materials. The proposed TE materials improve performance by… More

Radiation Hard, High Precision, Agile Star Tracker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: George Soli, Principal Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this program, Voxtel will demonstrate SOI-CMOS imagers for high-performance star tracking applications. Fabricating CMOS imagers on SOI wafers, allows the device and detector layers to be separated with an insulating layer, so each can be individually optimized and operated with separate ground… More

Ultra Compact, Low Power, NIR, Flash LADAR Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The object of this effort is to design a miniature, low power, angle-angle-range, 3-D flash LADAR receiver that can be implemented using germanium-on-insulator/silicon-on-insulator (GOI/SOI) hybrid wafer stacks. The germanium layer of the wafer stack will be used for photodetection functions, so as… More

Robust, High Speed, Direct-Electron Microscopy Detector Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Denis L. Heidtmann, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
New detectors with improved resolution, speed, and sensitivity will increase the efficacy of electron beam microcharacterization, thereby stimulating innovations in life and materials sciences. Current instruments based on charge couple devices (CCDs) are readout-speed limited and are… More

Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Tracking of Materiel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF OREGON
Principal Investigator: David M. Schut
Award Amount: $99,990.00
RI Contact: James E. Hutchison
Abstract:
The ability to tag and track equipment and other supplies is an important logistical need for military operations. To address the need for covert material taggants, a non-toxic, highly stable nanocrystal quantum dot (NQD) based taggant with covert chromophoric spectral emission signatures will be… More

Binary Multi-Taggant System for Unique Target ID

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF OREGON
Principal Investigator: David M. Schut, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,995.00
RI Contact: James E. Hutchison
Abstract:
To allow warfighters the ability to detect, classify, identify, geolocate and track entities buried in large amounts of urban clutter, an optical taggant technology, delivery system, and interrogation system, is proposed that not only is environmentally robust, but permits a very large number of… More

Back Illuminated CMOS Detector Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George Soli, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
CMOS image sensors offer advantages for scientific and military applications, and although technology scaling benefits CMOS imagers by reducing pixel size, reducing power, and increasing each chips transistor density, today's sub-micron CMOS technology is not directly suitable for designing… More

Uncooled, Long-Life Wavefront/Tracking Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
A highly reliable InAlAs/InGaAs avalanche photodiode (APD) focal plane array (FPA) will be developed to replace the electron-bombarded charge-coupled device (EBCCD) camera presently used for Airborne Laser (ABL) wavefront sensing applications. Based on technology with a nominal lifetime of 105 hours… More

High Count Rate, Pixelated APDs for Direct X-Ray Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Denis L. Heidtmann, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,993.00
Abstract:
Synchrotron radiation is used at DOE user facilities for materials science studies.  However, with advances in the brightness of synchrotron radiation sources, a wide gap has developed between the ability of these sources to deliver high photon fluxes and the ability of detectors to measure the… More

High Quantum Efficiency Fast Detectors for Readout of Scintillators for Gamma Ray Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
High quantum efficiency (QE), fast (

SBIR Phase I: Nanostructured Materials with Improved Thermoelectric Properties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Andreas R. Stonas, Dr
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop high thermoelectric figure-of-merit (ZT) nanocrystal quantum dot (NQD) thermoelectric (TE) materials that have thermal efficiency properties far better than traditional bulk thermoelectric materials. In the proposed work, TE… More

Improved Vertex Focal Plane Arrays for Linear Colliders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Soli, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
The physics of future Linear Colliders (LCs) demand the best possible vertex detector performance, including high-granularity, high-precision, high-efficiency, triggerless operation, and thin cross sections. These requirements generally rule out the use of conventional CCD (charge coupled device)… More

Next Generation Architecture for Night Vision Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Schut, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this effort, the architectures for a solid-state night vision goggle (NVG) will be developed and the key technology features of the head-mounted devices solid-state, imaging device demonstrated. The approach is based on 3-D stacked circuit technology. Leveraging our previous work in this area, we… More

ABL (Airborne Laser) Detection Sensor Improvements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Recent and emerging technologies, such as a 3-D LADAR tracker with precise target detection, tracking, and aimpoint imaging could make significant gains for ABL's capabilities. Solid state avalanche photodiodes (APDs) are a rugged, fully-monolithic detector technology well suited for LADAR focal… More

Enhanced Capability Point Combined Bio and Chem Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Many chemical agents have unique absorption spectra in the 9-to-11μm wavelength range, and sufficient absorption cross sections for detection at trace concentration levels. In this proposal, a short standoff range LWIR DISC LIDAR will be developed, providing comprehensive chemical and… More

Adaptive Multiwaveform Laser Ranging and Detection (LADAR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
An Adaptive Multiwaveform (AWF) LADAR design will be developed; the critical technological components tested; characterized and laboratory experiments conducted and modeled to clearly establish feasibility. In Phase I, using high-speed InGaAs and electron-initiated avalanche photodiodes (eAPDs) and… More

Ultra-High Temporal Resolution Laser Radar (LADAR) Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior APD Engineer
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, the performance of existing ultra-low-noise, high-speed avalanche photodiodes (APDs) and readout integrated circuits (ROICs) will be characterized and the performance attributes of the Army Ultra-High-Temporal-Resolution LADAR Receiver demonstrated. Additionally, the impulse response,… More

High Resolution, 15-micron thin, Pixellated, Back-illuminated SOI CMOS Vertex Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Mr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The physics of future Linear Colliders demand the best possible vertex detector performance in terms of high-granularity, high-precision, high-efficiency, and triggerless operation. Monolithic silicon-on-insulator (SOI) complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) pixilated detectors offer a… More

High Count Rate, Pixelated APDs for Direct X-Ray Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, Mr
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Synchrotron radiation (SR) has become a widespread tool across a broad spectrum of forefront science. However, with advances in the brightness of synchrotron radiation sources, a wide gap has developed between the ability of these sources to deliver high photon fluxes and the ability of detectors… More

High Efficiency, Easy-to-Manufacture Engineered Nanomaterials for Thermoelectric Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andreas R. Stonas, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,890.00
Abstract:
Leveraging the successful Phase I SBIR program, a 24-month effort is proposed to optimize and demonstrate a high thermoelectric Figure-of-Merit (ZT) nanocrystal quantum dot (NQD) thermoelectric (TE) material, which will have thermal efficiency properties far better than traditional bulk… More

High Efficiency, High Speed Gamma Ray Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Soli, Mr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this project, high quantum efficiency, fast (

Enhanced Focal Plane Array Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President
Award Amount: $746,824.00
Abstract:
A high pixel density, near-infrared (NIR), 200 fps, germanium focal plane array (FPA) with laser pulse response times from CW down to 10 nsec will be designed, characterized, and demonstrated effective in reducing the uncertainty in radiometric field measurements of high-energy laser (HEL) spatial… More

Time-Resolved, X-Ray Photon Detector Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Mr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
As synchrotron radiation has become a ubiquitous tool across a broad area of forefront science, the DOE supports collaborative research centers for synchrotron radiation science. With advances in the brightness of synchrotron radiation sources, a wide gap has developed between the ability of these… More

Single Photon Sensitive HgCdTe Avalanche Photodiode Detector (APD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew D. Huntington, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
A linear mode HgCdT electron-initiated avalanche photodiode (EAPD) capable of 1570nm photon detection efficiency (PDE) at >10 MHz will be developed. The Phase I design, is based on vertical-charge-transport HgCdTe EAPDs recently fabricated using a 3.8-micron wavelength cutoff HgCdTe alloys, which… More

Large Area, High Dynamic Range, Sold State Photomultiplier Array for Cherenkov Calorimetry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Soli, Mr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Avalanche Microchannel Photo Diode (AMPD) can be used in detectors for high energy physics research. The AMPD is a multipixel array of micro pixels, joined together on a common silicon substrate and working on a common load. The pixels are decoupled in order to minimize interpixel crosstalk… More

Radiation Hard, High Precision, Agile Star Tracker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President
Award Amount: $999,999.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II program, a high-performance, rad-hard, high-functionality, back-illuminated, silicon-on-insulator (SOI) CMOS, Agile, Multi-functional-Pixel, Imager optimized sensor chip assembly (SCAMP SCA) will be developed and characterized for demanding spaceborne imaging applications, including… More

Upconverting Films

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: David Schut, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I program, an infrared-sensitive visibly-clear, optical-grade material, capable of upconverting (UC) infrared (IR) scene information into three visible wavelengths will be developed. Ballistic protection goggle-compatible laminates, easily incorporated into swappable lenses, will be… More

Solid State Night Vision Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, a 1280 x 1024 element InGaAs Solid State LLLTV (Low Light Level Television) Imager with 0.4- to 1.7-micron sensitivity will be developed to achieve visible (VIS) and short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) spectral range that is well matched to the nighttime sky irradiance. The extended… More

Development of High-Definition (HD), Low-Light-Level Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR program, a low noise SOI CMOS high-definition (HD) low light level television (LLLTV) image sensor will be developed. The detector will be back-illuminated with a 300-micron thick silicon absorption region, for increased sensitivity and spectral-overlap with the night sky… More

Stand-Off Detection of Functionalized Nanoparticles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR, the feasibility of a chemical, biological, or explosive (CBE) agent micro-taggant monitoring system will be demonstrated. In Phase I, existing CBE-taggants will be evaluated and compared to a novel, solar-insensitive, invisible, lanthanide oxide quantum dot nanocrystal… More

Efficient Low-Dark-Count Detector for Photon Counting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington
Award Amount: $90,000.00
Abstract:
Voxtel proposes to develop fiber-coupled near-infrared avalanche photodiode (APD) receivers with photon detection efficiency (PDE) and dark count rate (DCR) with more than two orders of magnitude faster maximum count rate (MCR) than Geiger-mode APDs, which are constrained by a fundamental tradeoff… More

ABL (Airborne Laser) Detection Sensor Improvements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, President
Award Amount: $970,332.00
Abstract:
To provide the Airborne Laser (ABL) precision ranging and 3-D track refinement capability for the next generation active ranging system (NGARS), Voxtel will develop an avalanche photodiode (APD) receiver. Unlike the original ARS, which uses a 10.6 m CO2 laser, Voxtel's InGaAs-based ARS receiver is… More

Enhanced Capability Point Combined Bio and Chem Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President
Award Amount: $749,995.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II program, to enable long-standoff-range, small-sized, high-performance, cost-effective LWIR DISC LIDAR systems, a six-element array of 1-mm, segmented HgCdTe avalanche photodiodes (APDs) will be designed, optimized and each APD will be directly coupled to a unique narrow-band… More

Binary Multi-Taggant System for Unique Target ID

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF OREGON
Principal Investigator: David Schut, Principal Scientist – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $1,921,270.00
RI Contact: James E. Hutchison
Abstract:
To enable warfighters the ability to track entities buried in urban clutter, a series of environmentally-friendly, covert microtaggants composed of nanocrystals functionalized with luminophores with well-defined visible (VIS), near-infrared (NIR) and/or shortwavelength-infrared (SWIR) emission… More

High Resolution, 15-micron thin, Pixellated, Back-illuminated SOI CMOS Vertex Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Mr
Award Amount: $650,000.00
Abstract:
Planned high energy physics (HEP) experiments require improvements in detector technology characterized by improved parameters for granularity, readout speed, radiation hardness and sensor thickness. Of the available detector technologies, Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) pixilated… More

Single Photon Sensitive HgCdTe Avalanche Photodiode Detector (APD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,984.00
Abstract:
Leveraging Phase I SBIR successes, in Phase II, a single photon sensitive LIDAR receiver will be fabricated and delivered to NASA. In Phase I, high-gain, electron-initiated avalanche photodiodes (e-APDS) were designed, manufactured, and characterized over a range of temperatures. The e-APDs,… More

Large Area, High Dynamic Range, Sold State Photomultiplier Array for Cherenkov Calorimetry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Soli, Mr
Award Amount: $650,000.00
Abstract:
Existing solid state detectors, such as charge coupled device (CCD) and complimentary metal oxide silicon (CMOS) imagers do not have adequate ultraviolet (UV) sensitivity for Cherenkov radiation detection. Therefore, a new type of UV-optimized, high-gain, low-noise, solid state avalanche photodiode… More

Ultra-High Temporal Resolution Laser Radar (LADAR) Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior APD Product Engine
Award Amount: $729,999.00
Abstract:
Voxtel will develop a prototype ultra-high temporal resolution flash LADAR receiver suitable for unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) or unmanned air vehicle (UAV) applications, based upon its low-excess-noise, multi-stage avalanche photodiode (APD) technology. During the Phase I program, 5-stage InGaAs… More

Dynamic Light Scattering Instrumentation Using Field Programmable Gate Array-based Digital Signal Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: George Williams
Award Amount: $89,999.00
Abstract:
An existing low-cost FPGA-based processing platform will be demonstrated with fiber-coupling to single-photon detectors, to perform photon-arrival time stamping with

High Efficiency, Large-area, 1550 nm InGaAs Photodiodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington
Award Amount: $89,998.00
Abstract:
A stable, well characterized InGaAs materials growth and photodetector fabrication process will be used to fabricate matched photodiodes optimized for balanced homodyne detection. The 1-mm-diameter p-i-n photodetectors will be manufactured back-illuminated with a 5-micron absorber, allowing residual… More

Efficient Low-Dark-Count Detector for Photon Counting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $299,998.00
Abstract:
Voxtel has demonstrated efficient high-speed photon counting with thresholded linear-mode avalanche photodiode (APD) receivers using multi-gain-stage InGaAs/InAIAs APDs. In contrast to Geiger APDs, thresholded photon-counting linear APD receivers are thought not to suffer afterpulsing, and can… More

High Efficiency Stretchable (Highly Conformable) Photovoltaics for Expeditionary Forces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Oregon State University
Principal Investigator: David M. Schut, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
RI Contact: Douglas A. Keszler
Abstract:
Various high-efficiency thin-film photovoltaic (PV) materials have been applied to flexible substrates. These thin PV films are most often sputtered onto plastic or thin metal substrates, which are generally sufficiently flexible to be rolled up but are not highly deformable or stretchable.… More

Interceptor Seekers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior APD Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A radiation-hard, 1064-nm sensitive, single-photon-sensitive avalanche photodiode (APD) detector with photon detection efficiency (PDE) and dark count rate (DCR) superior to state-of-the-art Geiger-mode APDs, and with two orders of magnitude faster maximum count rate (MCR) will be developed. Geiger… More

Large-Volume Production of Monodisperse Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Schut, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
A prototype high-volume continuous-flow carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis process will be developed to implement a process that has demonstrated >95% yields of high-purity CNTs. The reactor's multi-zone furnace and direct-injection catalyst delivery system will be placed under computer control, and… More

Novel flexible sensor array integrated with a Flex

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David Schut, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
A team steeped in military electro-optical systems, flexible displays, and printed inorganic electronics proposes to prototype a flexible UV through short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) detector array, fabricated from solution using a novel set of flexible, transparent doped metal oxide semiconductors.… More

Rad-Hard SOI CMOS Active Pixel Sensor for Charged Particle Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Detectors used in nuclear physics experiments require improvements in sensitivity, readout speed, radiation hardness, and sensor thickness. Of the available detector technologies, CMOS pixellated imagers offer several advantages, but, to date, CMOS detectors, due to readout and fixed pattern noise,… More

High-Dynamic-Range, Rad-Hard, Time-Resolved, Correlated X-ray Photon Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Mr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The brilliance of the latest generation of synchrotron beam lines enables the possibility of carrying out X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS) experiments. Such experiments promise new insights into dynamic phenomena in condensed matter, which occurs at shorter length scales than can be… More

High Rate Single Photon Sensitive Coded LADAR Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
There is a need for a high-resolution two-dimensional focal plane array (FPA) with single photon sensitivity (SPS), pulse amplitude storage, and GHz bit rates that can record both the time (with 10 bits) from multiple returns from a single laser pulse. Such a system has the potential to… More

Large-Format Dual-Use Radiation-Hard ROIC for IRFPAs and Star-Trackers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Senior Design Engineer
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
New, modular radiation hard [>300 kRad (Si)] ROIC designs are required to address the needs of planned ballistic missile defense system. Anticipating the needs for large formats, small pixel sizes, and multiple spectral bands, the features of an existing radiation-hard space imager ROIC will be used… More

Non-Avalanche Gain Detector for High-Resolution Single-Photon and Dual Mode Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Shabbir Bashar, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Future seekers of the future will need to allow for multiple targets and various advanced countermeasures, likely including a dual-mode component to do so. A Dual Mode Seeker (DMS) has at least an infrared (IR) Focal Plane Array (FPA) as well as an active means to capture target range and preferably… More

High Efficiency, Large-Area, 1550 nm InGaAs Photodiodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
A back-illuminated planar InGaAs photodiode tested to have 95% quantum effiiency (QE) at 1550 nm, area greater than 1 mm2, low capacitance (<23 pF), and high bandwidth (>125 MHz) will be improved. Although the existing Phase I device exhibited bulk material dark current generation better than… More

High Sensitivity, High Bandwidth, Multi Access Optical Communication Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,919.00
Abstract:
The capacity to integrate RF and free-space optical hybrid communications is now feasible given advances in adaptive optics and optical automated gain control. Proposed is a novel high-speed avalanche photodiode (APD) receiver, with over 5 GBPS data rates, and single-photon sensitivity. The APD… More

Upconverting Films

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Schut, Senior Scientist – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $699,166.00
Abstract:
Visible-transparent upconverting films consisting of lanthanide-doped metal-oxide nanocrystal (NC) quantum dots functionalized with near-infrared (NIR) and short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) sensitizers will be optimized for integration with polycarbonate optical elements. In Phase I, upconversion was… More

Interceptor Seekers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $999,997.00
Abstract:
A 128 x 128-format avalanche photodiode (APD) focal plane array (FPA), including a low-power dual-mode readout integrated circuit (ROIC) and low excess noise, high gain (M>1,200) will be developed for laser radar (LADAR) applications requiring reduced SWAP. The FPA gives LADAR seekers an advanced… More

Large-Volume Production of Monodisperse Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Schut, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $499,992.00
Abstract:
Current methods of growing carbon nanotubes (CNTs) of specific chirality yield mixtures of single-walled CNTs (SWNTs) with different structures and electronic properties, and methods to separate nanotubes by their electronic properties remain expensive and small-scale. Accordingly, synthesis today… More

Real-time Detection and Identification of Chemical, Biological, and Explosive (CBE) Agents With Low False Alarm Rates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: David Schut
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
There is a need for technologies that protect the health and welfare of the American people in a terrorist emergency by detecting acts of biological contamination. Of the chemical, biological, and explosive (CBE) agents, anthrax, smallpox, plague, ricin, botulinum toxin, toxic commercial pesticides,… More

High Sensitivity, Sampling 3D LIDAR Imagers for SZ Mine Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George Williams, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
For detection and neutralization of mines and other threats in the surf zone (SZ), a 3D imaging system will be developed with higher resolution and greater sensitivity than contemporary designs. Using circuits proven on existing designs, the readout integrated circuits (ROIC) of a small-pixel-size… More

High-Dynamic-Range, Rad-Hard, Time-Resolved, Correlated X-ray Photon Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Mr.
Award Amount: $999,998.00
Abstract:
90087S09-II Expanding user demand for X-ray beamline time for science experiments in diverse fields necessitates expensive new beamlines, or the more efficient use of existing resources. Detectors that collect more data, with efficient on-chip and off-chip processing of the resulting data streams,… More

Solution-Processed, Large Area, Pixelated Direct-Detection Radiation Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Thomas Novet, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Direct detector materials must exhibit several attributes including both good photon absorption properties and high charge collection, as well as low dark current and good uniformity. These are difficult to achieve in a single material. So far no photoconductor material has been found with… More

High Speed Germanium X-Ray Photon Counting Detector Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Mr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The X-ray science community has recognized an urgent need for developing advanced X-ray detectors to utilize the full potential offered by the third generation X-ray synchrotron facilities, with particular emphasis on tailoring performance to meet beamline science needs. The ability of modern… More

Low Cost, Reconfigurable, Multi-Channel Pulse Processing Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Large-scale physics experiments often use conventional analog pulse-processing techniques that require multiple instruments such as a pulse shaper, multi-channel analyzer, time-to-amplitude converter, and analog-to-digital converter. For accurate energy resolution and noise immunity using this… More

SOI CMOS Wafer Scale Imager Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Mr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
There are currently no large area (e.g. 16k

Development of Commercial Foundry Source for Science-Grade Charged Particle Imagers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Mr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Currently there are no CMOS imaging foundries available, especially domestic, which offer services that provide the high performance required for charge coupled imaging. As wafer sizes increase and feature sizes decrease, the cost of prototyping a science grade imager can easily exceed $0.25M.… More

High Sensitivity, Radiation Hard InGaAs LIDAR Receiver for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Paul Hart
Abstract:
NASA has a requirement for a large-area, high-quantum-efficiency, high-throughput optical receiver for ground-, air-, and space-based LIDAR systems. A radiation-hardened direct detection analog LIDAR receiver will be developed to address this need in the proposed STTR program. The rad-hard LIDAR… More

Large-Area, UV-Optimized, Back-Illuminated Silicon Photomultiplier Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vinit Dhulla, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Existing photocathode-based technologies for visible and UV instruments lack sensitivity, are bulky, and have limited reliability. Solid-state silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) are efficient, light, and reliable, but the front-illuminated designs demonstrated to date have poor UV response, limited… More

Hole-Initiated-Avalanche, Linear-Mode, Single-Photon-Sensitive Avalanche Photodetector with Reduced Excess Noise and Low Dark Count Rate

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A radiation hard, single photon sensitive InGaAs avalanche photodiode (APD) receiver technology will be demonstrated useful for long range space based optical telecommunications in the spectral range from 1000 to 1600 nm. The innovation is based on a linear mode (lm) single photon sensitive APD… More

Radiation-Hardened, Substrate-Removed, Metamorphic InGaAs Detector Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
High-performance radiation-hardened metamorphic InGaAs imaging arrays sensitive from the ultraviolet (UV) through the short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) will be developed. The proposed detector arrays will offer near-BLIP sensitivity, with R0A values comparable to HgCdTe detectors, but with superior… More

Radiation-Hardened HDTV Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
High-performance HDTV cameras are commercially widespread, but are not presently available in radiation-hard versions. The objective of the proposed SBIR effort is to develop and commercialize a radiation-hard, high-performance HDTV sensor for NASA missions and other space-based and high-energy… More

Wafer-Scale Geiger-mode Silicon Photomultiplier Arrays Fabricated Using Domestic CMOS Fab

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Vinit Dhulla, Dr. – 971-223-5646
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
There is a need for developing a high-performance single photon avalanche photodiode (SPAD) detector array design, which can be fabricated using a domestic, high-volume commercial CMOS process on 200mm or greater wafers. Many of todays silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) devices are fabricated using… More

Digital Silicon Photomultiplier Array Readout Integrated Circuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Dr. – 971-223-5646
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) have recently gained considerable interest as replacements for photomultiplier tubes. Like photomultiplier tubes, they are capable of measuring extremely low light levels, to the point of being able to detect single photons. However, compared to photomultiplier… More

Low-Cost Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials for Efficient Power Generation at Low Temperature

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Univeristy of Oregon
Principal Investigator: Ngoc Nguyen, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact:
Abstract:
Electricity generation processes burn fossil fuels, generating heat that is then used to produce power in a series of efficiency-robbing mechanical steps. These processes are able to generate a large amount of power, but waste a staggering 50 to 60% of the available heat energy due to technology… More

Low Cost, Reconfigurable, Multi-Channel Pulse Processing Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Mr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Planned science instruments require timeofflight (TOF) detectors with subpicosecond resolution, high count rates, and a large number (hundreds of thousands) of parallel channels. Timetodigital converters (TDCs) are effective for TOF measurement. With few exceptions, subnanosecond TDCs have been… More

SOI CMOS Wafer Scale Imager Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Mr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
CMOS APS detectors have emerged as an attractive imaging solution to replace CCD technology. They can be very thin, yield good signaltonoise ratio (SNR) at room temperature, and offer the possibility of incorporating inpixel data processing. But despite its potential, APS has demonstrated relatively… More

Development of Commercial Foundry Source for Science-Grade Charged Particle Imagers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: George Williams, Mr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Domestic CMOS imager manufacturing technologies are attractive as a replacement for CCDs but do not yet meet all the requirements of scientific imagers. Their use in tailored scientific imaging applications is hampered by the large wafer sizes and high cost of deepsubmicron fabrication; the low… More

High Speed Germanium X-Ray Photon Counting Detector Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Mr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
To fully utilize thirdgeneration synchrotron sources, the Xray science community needs advanced detectors that are tailored to beamline science. Detectors are not yet available for the fastest bunch modes, and at the fastest operating modes, collection of multiple bunches is required, laser energy… More

Solution-Processed, Large Area, Pixelated Direct-Detection Radiation Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Thomas Novet, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Flatpanel Xray detector technologies are desired to replace Xray film, but available detector materials have a number of limitations, such as low efficiency, low sensitivity, high noise, small format, high cost, long product development times, and/or expensive infrastructure. Directdetection… More

Quantum-Confined Nanocrystal Materials for Anti-Stokes Optical Coolers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Oregon
Principal Investigator: Ngoc Nguyen, Senior Scientist – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $99,990.00
RI Contact: David Tyler
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Nanocrystals (NCs) offer many potential benefits for optical refrigeration; these quantum-confined materials have discrete energy levels, large optical transition dipole moments, and high photoluminescence quantum efficiency. Using well-characterized upconverting ion-doped metal oxide NCs… More

Demonstration of High-Frame-Rate Wavefront Camera for Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $99,934.00
Abstract:
Radiation-hardened, highly sensitive wavefront sensors (WFSs) with at least 256256 resolution and the capability for sustained operations at 10 kHz are necessary to support the high-speed control loops used for image stabilization and jitter suppression in MDA systems for airborne and spaceborne… More

Multi-Mode LADAR Camera Development for Enhanced Interceptor Seekers Readiness

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $99,934.00
Abstract:
A flash LADAR camera will be designed and demonstrated in the Phase I program. After fabricating a series of high-gain, low-excess-noise, back-illuminated avalanche photodiode (APD) arrays, including 88, 3232, 128128, and 256256 formats, the arrays will be hybridized to one or more existing flash… More

Large-Format Linear-Mode Single-Photon-Sensitive Flash LADAR Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The most effective strategy to increase LADAR range performance while minimizing size, weight and power (SWAP) growth is to increase the sensitivity of the detectors used in the receiver. To address this need, a radiation-hard, 256256-format flash-LADAR receiver will be developed based on… More

Large-Area, Rad-Hard, Near Infrared Focal Plane Array for Coherent Holographic LADAR Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Advances in component technologies have enabled new classes of coherent LADAR systems that offer the potential for enhanced persistent space surveillance and asset protection. Their complex-valued images allow for imaging functions not possible with intensity-only images, including coherent… More

Readout Integrated Circuit (ROIC) for High-Rate Tracking of Energetic Threats

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The persistent surveillance infrared imaging systems deployed on USAF air- and space-borne platforms typically employ staring focal plane array (FPA) technology, which despite their large formats, have insufficient pixel bandwidth and frame rates to characterize small, energetic, fast-moving… More

Optimized Taggant Delivery Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Barsic, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Tagging, Tracking, and Locating (TTL) using optical taggants is a powerful tool for locating modern military threats. While many taggant delivery systems have been conceived, few are practical. Large surface-to-volume ratios make nanoparticles difficult to work with as they tend to… More

Low-SWAP Multi-Spectral Sensor with Enhanced Functionality for Low-Light and Laser Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $79,997.00
Abstract:
A high-resolution integrated multi-spectral sensor (MSS) will be developed that incorporates day and night vision, as well as multi-spectral laser spot imaging, into a single sensor package. Using existing extended-spectral-response InGaAs detectors, the responsivity performance of the InGaAs… More

Improved High Speed and High Dynamic Range Photon Counting Sensors for Active Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $999,844.00
Abstract:
Voxtel proposes a high speed, asynchronous, photon counting receiver for active ranging by unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Sensitivity to single photons is desirable for a low size weight and power (SWAP) UAS-borne active ranging receiver because of the limited laser pulse energy that can be… More

High Efficiency Up/Down Converting Nanoparticles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Oregon State University
Principal Investigator: David Schut, Engineer – (541) 346-8036
Award Amount: $99,998.00
RI Contact: Greg Herman
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: To address the need for covert, transparent optical taggants, which can upconvert and downconvert greater than 100 nm when stimulated by either 830 nm or 1064 nm laser light, a series of wide bandgap doped metal oxide nanoparticles will be developed and demonstrated. In Phase I,… More

Large-Area, UV-Optimized, Back-Illuminated Silicon Photomultiplier Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Vinit Dhulla, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
Large-area (3m2), UV-sensitive focal plane arrays are needed for observation of air showers from ultra-high energy cosmic rays (JEM-EUSO) as well as for visible-wavelength spectrographic and photometric instruments planned for future telescopes (OWL). Existing photocathode-based technologies for… More

Radiation-Hardened HDTV Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
High-performance HDTV cameras are commercially widespread, but are not presently available in radiation-hard versions. The objective of the proposed SBIR effort is to develop and commercialize a radiation-hard, high-performance HDTV sensor for NASA missions and other space-based and high-energy… More

Topic 61: Wafer-Scale Geiger-mode Silicon Photomultiplier Arrays Fabricated Using Domestic CMOS Fab

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Vinit Dhulla, Dr. – 971-223-5646
Award Amount: $993,419.00
Abstract:
There is a need for developing a high-performance Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode (Gm-APD) array design, which can be fabricated using a domestic, high-volume commercial CMOS process on 200mm or greater wafers. Most of todays silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) and single photon … More

Picosecond Rate X-Ray Photon Counting Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Dr. – 971-223-5646
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Pumpprobe experiments are a powerful tool for directly studying the molecular dynamics of chemical reactions and energy transfer processes as they unfold on the femtosecond or picosecond time scale. Pumpprobe experiments with xray probes, where a chemical reaction is initiated by a first optical… More

Rad-Hard Dual-Threshold High Count Rate Silicon Pixel Array Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Dr. – 971-223-5646
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Available 2D multiwire proportional counters (MWPC) are limited by their low global countrate capability and are insufficient for imaging XCS (xray crystal spectroscopy) experiments. Solid state xray pixilated array detectors have been shown to overcome this problem. However, large area solid … More

Large Area, Low Dark Count VIS-UV Solid State Photomultipliers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Dr. – 971-223-5646
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
The need for domestic sources of improved-performance single photon counting detectors (SPDs) is important for the advancement of science. SPDs are proving invaluable for studying intracellular processes, charged particle physics, adaptive optics for extremely large telescopes, and numerous other… More

Ink Jet Printing of High Performance SWIR Imagers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Schut, Senior Scientist – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
A full, wafer scale nanocrystal detector technology will be used to fabricate compact, light weight, low power, low cost short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) sensors. This approach is based on integration of inorganic nanocrystal films with large-format, small-pixel-pitch CMOS readout integrated… More

CMOS Compatible SWIR-Response Silicon Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: George Williams, President – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $149,997.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: CMOS silicon imagers are the dominant focal plane arrays for visible light imaging. Over several decades, there have been investigations in broad near-infrared (NIR) spectral response using laser doped and structuring silicon (Si) detectors, including so-called"black"silicon… More

Extended-SWIR Targeting Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Schut, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: There is an increasing awareness of the advantages of solution-processed mesoscopic semiconductor devices. Compared to epitaxially-grown, lattice-matched, crystalline semiconductors, solution-processed optoelectronics offer fabrication without expensive and energy-intensive… More

Improved Hyperspectral Readout Integrated Circuit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Addressing the demands of high frame-rate, large-format hyperspectral imagers, the design of a custom readout integrated circuit (ROIC) will be developed. The hyperspectral imaging ROIC will feature flexible operating readout modes including row (wavelength) programmable (i) gain, (ii)… More

Wide Spectral Response Nanocrystal-Sensitized Focal Plane Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: George Williams, President – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The printed nanocrystal detector technology will enable low cost, wide-spectral-response imagers. Phase I will use high volume synthesis methods where nanocrystal films will be fabricated and characterized. Solution processing allows nanocrystal films to be deposited or printed directly… More

Large-Area, Rad-Hard, Near Infrared Focal Plane Array for Coherent Holographic LADAR Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $927,994.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Voxtel proposes the development of a novel burst mode Wavefront/Wavefunction focal plane array (FPA), with a 64 64 InGaAs detector array composed of 36 36µm2 pixel elements with quantum efficiency greater than 95% across the near infrared (NIR) spectral range from 1 to 1.5µm. The… More

Readout Integrated Circuit (ROIC) for High-Rate Tracking of Energetic Threats

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $1,499,683.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Voxtel"s proposes the development of a High Energy Event Tracking (HEET) readout integrated circuit (ROIC), optimized for the identification and tracking of high energy events within a large format staring infrared sensor. Working with the AFRL program office, in Phase I, Voxtel has… More

Large-Format Linear-Mode Single-Photon-Sensitive Flash LADAR Receiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $749,997.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A large area, linear mode 950nm-1650nm sensitive avalanche photodiode (APD) LADAR receiver will be developed, characterized, and delivered. Such receivers are needed to enhance the capability of small platforms such as missile interceptors and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). In… More

High Sensitivity, Sampling 3D LIDAR Imagers for SZ Mine Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: George Williams, President – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $499,460.00
Abstract:
Widely proliferated sea mines present difficult challenges to the Navy"s ability to guarantee assured access to critical regions. To counter these asymmetric threats, airborne LIDAR systems are being used, but early LIDAR sensor systems have had problems in terms of availability, cost,… More

Low SWAP LIDAR Instrument for Arctic Ice Sheet Mass Balance Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: David Barsic, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,997.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Arctic continues to be one of the most difficult places on Earth for year-round scientific observations and research, and ice sheet and sea level changes have been explicitly identified as a current priority in the Presidents Climate Change Science Program, the Arctic Climate Impact… More

High-Count-Rate, High Resolution Single Photon Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
Megapixel-class imaging systems with single-photon sensitivity, high time resolution (sub-ns), and the capabilities to detect and process photons at high rates (above 108 detected photons per second) are highly desirable for a number of DOE, homeland security, national defense, and nuclear medicine… More

Digital Silicon Photomultiplier Readout Circuit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,997.00
Abstract:
SiPMs have received significant investigation over recent years, because they offer potential as a solid-state single- photon-sensitive alternative to photomultipliers (PMTs), but their performance does not meet the needs of science, and there are no commercial fabs capable of manufacturing them… More

Rad-Hard Dual-Threshold High Count Rate Silicon Pixel Array Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,996.00
Abstract:
Available 2D multi-wire proportional counters (MWPC) are limited by their low global count-rate capability and are insufficient for imaging X-raycrystal spectroscopy (XCS) experiments. Solid state X-ray pixilated array detectors have been shown to overcome this problem. However, large area solid… More

Flexible, High Performance Microlens Array Technologies for Integral Field Spectrographs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charles Dupuy, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,991.00
Abstract:
For the purposes of advancing integral field spectrograph (IFS) microlens capabilities, a new class of high-quality optics-grade nanostructured organic-inorganic nanocomposite three-dimensional (3D) gradient index (GRIN) microlens optical materials is proposed. In the Phase I program, solid state… More

Wide Spectral Response Nanocrystal-Sensitized Focal Plane Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: George M. Williams, President – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $744,919.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A compact night vision imaging technology will be developed that responds in the visible through the short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) and medium-wavelength infrared (MWIR) spectral range from 0.4 to 5µm wavelengths. The detectors are made using low cost deposition techniques, at… More

Covert Optically-Reporting Threat-Functionalized Nanomaterials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ngoc Nguyen, Senior Scientist – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (SCC-WMD) requires transformational materials technology to support the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) of personnel and materials associated with weapons… More

Optimized Taggant Delivery Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Barsic, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $749,200.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In this Phase II SBIR, a Voxtel Inc. led team will develop a lightweight small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) delivered payload, including targeting and fire-control sub-system, taggant dissemination hardware, and taggant reservoir, that is capable of covertly delivering optical… More

Extended-SWIR Targeting Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Andrew Huntington, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Current military systems laser rangefinding and designation systems require multiple detectors, which make such systems large, heavy, and power hungry, which limits application to larger, high-value platforms. The proposed Phase II program addresses the need for a single, compact… More

Improved Hyperspectral Readout Integrated Circuit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: To increase the performance of current and next-generation imaging spectrometers for military applications, in this Phase II SBIR effort, a flexible readout integrated circuit (ROIC), optimized for hyperspectral imaging (HSI) will be developed with enhanced capabilities. The ROIC features… More

Programmable, Reconfigurable Silicon Photodiode Array Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Vinit Dhulla, Dr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Many planned nextgeneration experiments in high energy physics, astroparticle physics, and nuclear physics need a plethora of photon detectors with singlephoton sensitivity, large dynamic range, and accessibility throughout experiment lifetime. These requirements constrain the sensor: low… More

Digital Silicon Photomultiplier Readout Circuit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Adam Lee, Dr.
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
The need for ever more sensitive, compact, rugged, and inexpensive optical sensors is particularly acute in the fields of homeland security, biological sciences, nuclear medicine, and nuclear and highenergy physics. The ability to detect the spatial location and time of arrival of single photons… More

Low SWAP LIDAR Instrument for Arctic Ice Sheet Mass Balance Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: David Barsic, Dr.
Award Amount: $998,996.04
Abstract:
The Arctic sea ice cover plays a major role in governing the exchange of energy between the ocean and atmosphere in the Polar Regions. As such, observations of ice extent and thickness, including temporal growth and melt cycles, improves our understanding of the ongoing global climate changes, and… More

Fabrication of aberration-free gradient index nonlinear optical materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles Dupuy, Senior Scientist – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: A fast, 1-cm diameter cylindrical gradient index (GRIN) nonlinear optical (NLO) refractive index lens, with large radial linear and nonlinear optical index gradients in all three optical axes will be fabricated using ink jet printing (IJP). The goal is to demonstrate the ability to… More

High Index of Refraction Materials for Printed Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles Dupuy, Senior Scientist – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $149,995.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Using roll-to-roll (R2R) -compatible inkjet-print (IJP) deposition and nanoimprint (NI) photolithographic patterning methods, a series of passive and electro-optic (EO) -modulated waveguide structures will be fabricated and characterized. The measured data will be compared to modeled… More

Hybridization Techniques for Ultra-Small Pitch Focal Plane Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Drake Miller, Senior Engineer – (971) 223-5646
Award Amount: $149,997.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: High-yielding inkjet print (IJP) deposition technologies will be developed for hybridizing the ultra-small pitch semiconductor detector arrays and readout integrated circuits (ROIC). The goal is to develop a method, alternative to the thermocompression hybridization methods currently… More