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CMR Oxides Based Microbolometer Focal Plane Array with Reduced 1/f Noise

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-014
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Small Business Information
AGILTRON Corporation
MA Woburn, MA 01801-1040
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: CMR Oxides Based Microbolometer Focal Plane Array with Reduced 1/f Noise
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-09-C-0137
Award Amount: $99,916.00


We propose to realize a new class of microbolometer FPA technology with significantly reduced 1/f noise by replacing the sensing material (e.g. VOx) with colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) oxides. The program uniquely combines Agiltron's experience in novel IR imager development and leading academic research on CMR at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). The LANL Team has developed a breakthrough processing technique for CMR film deposition. Agiltron will further advance LANL's CMR film fabrication techniques to reduce maximum processing temperatures, allowing formation of microbolometers on top of CMOS circuitry as practiced in current technology. We anticipate reducing the NETD of state of the art bolometers from 29 mK to 12 mK. In Phase I, the feasibility of the proposed approach will be demonstrated through developing a CMOS compatible fabrication process of CMR oxides. Microbolometer modeling, design and fabrication will be also performed. Functional microbolometers based on CMR oxides and a performance comparison with state of the art devices can be expected at the end of the program.

Principal Investigator:

King Wang
VP of Material Technologies

Business Contact:

Rachel Carnes
Manager Assistant
Small Business Information at Submission:

Agiltron Corporation
15 Cabot Road Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043539587
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Los Alamos National Security
Los Alamos National Laboratory
PO Box 1663
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Contact: Robert C. Dye
Contact Phone: (505) 667-3404
RI Type: Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)