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AlGaN based detectors for Solar Blind Focal Plane Arrays

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09-011
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Small Business Information
MP Technologies, LLC
1500 Sheridan RD, SUITE 8A Wilmette, IL -
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: AlGaN based detectors for Solar Blind Focal Plane Arrays
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N10PC20063
Award Amount: $98,923.00


The overall objective of the proposed project is to develop the feasibility of large format solar-blind focal plane arrays (FPAs) based on wide band-gap III-Nitride based optoelectronic sensor elements hybridized to silicon based read-out integrated circuits (ROICs). MP Technologies and the proposed subcontractor (the Center for Quantum Devices at Northwestern University) have already demonstrated themselves in the areas of III-Nitride optoelectronic devices and III-V semiconductor based focal plane arrays. The goal of Phase I is to take our existing AlGaN based detector capabilities and pursue necessary improvements in order to target a mega-pixel FPA compatible pixel size of between 5 to 25 micron. Extensive evaluation of commercially available read-out integrated circuits (ROICs) for use with III-Nitride solar-blind imaging will also be performed in order to develop a detector designs compatible with the ROIC specifications. This will then be used to predict the performance of any large-format camera that will be demonstrated in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Ryan McClintock
Technical Director

Business Contact:

Manijeh Razeghi
Small Business Information at Submission:

MP Technologies, LLC
1801 Maple Avenue Evanston, IL 60201

EIN/Tax ID: 364280738
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No