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Photonic antenna coupled middlewave infrared photodetector and focal plane…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
110114
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
T4.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Applied NanoFemto Technologies LLC
181 Stedmen Street, Unit #2 Lowell, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Photonic antenna coupled middlewave infrared photodetector and focal plane array with low noise and high quantum efficiency
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CG15P
Award Amount: $124,982.00
 

Abstract:

Middle-wave infrared (MWIR, 3-5¿¿m) photodetectors are of great importance in numerous NASA applications, including thermal remote sensing for carbon-based trace gases (CH4, CO2, and CO), heat capacity mapping for earth resource locating, environment and atmosphere monitoring, and IR spectroscopy. However, existing MWIR photodetectors are require a low operating temperature, below 77K to achieve high photodetectivity (D*). The requirement for cryogenic cooling systems adds cost, weight and reliability issues, thereby making it unsuitable for small satellite applications. This STTR project aims to develop a new photonic antenna coupled MWIR photodetector with a significantly enhanced quantum efficiency. In addition, the antenna technology would also allow a large-area signal collection with a small active area of the detector. Successfully developing the proposed innovation is expected to provide an enabling technology for ultra-compact high performance MWIR detection and imaging systems suitable for NASA's small satellite earth remote sensing applications. In phase I, the proposed photonic antenna enhanced MWIR photodetector technology will be evaluated and compared with existing technologies. The proposed photonic antenna structure will be simulated to generate an optimal design. A preliminary photonic antenna coupled MWIR photodetector will be developed for proof-of-concept demonstration. In Phase II, a prototype of the photonic antenna coupled MWIR photodetector will be developed and packaged with supporting electronics and software interfaces for laboratory demonstration.

Principal Investigator:

Jarrod Vaillancourt
Principal Investigator
9784307128
jarrod.vaillancourt@appliednanofemto.com

Business Contact:

Jing Chen
Business Official
9787614293
jing.chen@appliednanofemto.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied NanoFemto Technologies, LLC
181 Stedmen Street, Unit #2 Lowell, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 204521275
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Massachusetts Lowell
1 University Ave.
Lowell, MA 01854-2827
Contact: Linda Concino