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ROIC for Hybrid, Coherent and Direct-Detect Flash Ladar Receivers

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B Suite B Ventura, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: ROIC for Hybrid, Coherent and Direct-Detect Flash Ladar Receivers
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0147-09-C-7068
Award Amount: $99,993.00


Development efforts for hybrid Flash Ladar receivers are underway, however a common limitation is the lack of an appropriate Readout Integrated Circuit (ROIC) to amplify and condition the hybrid Flash Ladar signals. Though Flash Ladar ROICs exist for direct-detect mode and concepts are under development for coherent mode, due to the relative immaturity of the hybrid-mode approach, hybrid-mode ROICs do not, as yet, exist. Aerius proposes to address this ROIC deficiency with development of ROIC circuitry specifically aimed at hybrid-mode Flash Ladar detection. In particular, the ROIC will be designed to mate with Aerius' Optical Preamplifier Pixel Array (OPPA)-based detector array, currently under development under a separate SBIR topic presently in Phase II. The OPPA approach enables near-photon counting sensitivity to both direct-detect and coherent detection modes and, when mated with an appropriate ROIC, provides a complete, integrated hybrid Flash Ladar receiver solution. In this Phase I effort, Aerius and our STTR partner will design and simulate a hybrid ROIC architecture and experientially verify the coherent and direct detection functions of the circuit with Aerius OPPA technology. In Phase II, a complete ROIC will be developed and integrated with Aerius OPPA for an integrated hybrid receiver solution.

Principal Investigator:

Timothy Strand
Principal Scientist

Business Contact:

Jon Geske
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B Ventura, CA 93003

EIN/Tax ID: 200992331
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Delaware
210 Hullihen Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716 1551
Contact: Susan D. Tompkins
Contact Phone: (302) 831-8002
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university