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SWIR Image Sensor Based on SiGe Nanomembranes

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Agiltron Corporation
15 Presidential Way Woburn, MA 01801-1040
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: SWIR Image Sensor Based on SiGe Nanomembranes
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-13-C-0008
Award Amount: $749,920.00


ABSTRACT: Agiltron and the University of WisconsinMadison will develop the first SWIR Image Sensor with a flexible FPA. The sensor is based on the integration of single-crystal Si and Ge nanomembranes, which has the potential to achieve defect-free Ge-based photodiodes for SWIR imaging while eliminating the need for an epitaxial step. In Phase I, we have successfully demonstrated Ge-based PIN photodiodes with SWIR responsivity and bulk-like dark current. In Phase II, we will build and test a complete SWIR Image Sensor featuring a fully-flexible FPA. BENEFIT: This program addresses the lack of SWIR image sensors with array sizes larger than 10241024 and pixel pitches smaller than 10 & #956;m. Increasing the resolution and sensitivity in SWIR imaging is critical for night-vision applications such as surveillance, passive imaging, target acquisition and designation, and forward observation, and for insertion into Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) military and security systems. In addition, developing imaging technology on flexible substrates allows new system capabilities such as a tunable field of view and reduced imaging optics complexity. This will enable high-performance, low-SWAP imagers with a field of view that far exceeds the state of the art possible with planar focal plane arrays.

Principal Investigator:

Matthew Erdtmann
Director of Sensor Technologies
(781) 935-1200

Business Contact:

Amanda Contardo
Contracts Administrator
(781) 935-1200
Small Business Information at Submission:

Agiltron Corporation
15 Presidential Way Woburn, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043539587
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of WisconsinMadison
21 N. Park St., Suite 6401
Madison, WI 53715-1218
Contact: Kim Moreland
Contact Phone: (608) 262-3822