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High Gain, Position Sensitive, Avalanche Photodiode for Optical Communication

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
66934
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
022410
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: High Gain, Position Sensitive, Avalanche Photodiode for Optical Communication
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNG04CA27C
Award Amount: $599,979.00
 

Abstract:

This Phase II SBIR describes the fabrication and characterization of a position sensitive detector with internal gain. Phase I research demonstrated the fabrication of several position sensitive avalanche photodiodes (APDs), including quadrant and lateral-effect photodiodes. With position resolution equivalent to commercially available silicon detectors, but responsivity three orders of magnitude times greater, these detectors offer superior performance over existing position sensitive devices. Using RMD?s advanced planar processing technology, the position sensitive detectors will be further optimized with emphasis on applications for free-space optical communication systems operating at near-infrared (near-IR) wavelengths. The ultimate goal of this program is to develop a manufacturable high speed, low noise position-sensitive APD module. The APD and electronics for readout and data logging will be included in the final module, a valuable tool for long distance communication and LADAR operation.

Principal Investigator:

Richard A. Myers
Principal Investigator
6179261167
rmyers@rmdinc.com

Business Contact:

Gerald Entine
President
6176686807
GEntine@rmdinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472

EIN/Tax ID: 042546395
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No