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Radiation Hardened Bolometer Linear Array

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2011 / SBIR
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Black Forest Engineering, LLC
12930 Morris Trail Colorado Springs, CO 80908-
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Radiation Hardened Bolometer Linear Array
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CF31P
Award Amount: $99,990.00


NASA has developed space-based thermal instrument spectrometers based on thermopile detectors linear arrays that are intrinsically radiation hard. Micro-bolometers are known to offer very high sensitivity due to high thermal isolation and low thermal mass however are at present inferior to thermopiles for space-based spectrometers. In order to achieve high performance in linear array spectrometer applications, bolometers need improvement in three areas: reduced 1/f noise, stable performance over a wide system temperature range, and improved radiation hardness. Black Forest Engineering on Phase I will design bolometer and readout circuitry for linear array spectrometer applications requiring high performance in a radiation environment while also addressing signal stability/calibration and other mission requirements. The predicted performance will be compared to thermopile arrays and recommendations made for a Phase II demonstration in one or more bands of the JEO Thermal Instrument or other NASA spectrometer applications. The bolometer spectrometer architecture will also offer monolithic construction on 200 mm diameter silicon wafers and reduced cross-scan pitch if desired to support higher spatial resolution and wider FOV applications.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen Gaalema
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Stephen Van Duyne
Business Official
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Black Forest Engineering, LLC
9348 Grand Cordera Parkway, Suite 200 Colorado Springs, CO -

EIN/Tax ID: 010700219
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No