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Ultra-high gain solar-blind APD arrays based on AlGaN

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W912CG-20-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2410
Amount: $1,499,999.96
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ST18C-003
Solicitation Number: 18.C
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-02-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-04-04
Small Business Information
3001 Greyhawk Pl
Apex, NC 27539
United States
DUNS: 078520364
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Rony Kirste
 Chief Operating Officer (COO)
 (919) 858-6365
Business Contact
 Zlatko Sitar
Phone: (919) 858-6365
Research Institution
 North Carolina State University
 Sherrie Settle Sherrie Settle
2701 Sullivan Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695
United States

 (919) 515-2444
 Nonprofit College or University

The objective of this project is to develop a compact and efficient avalanche photodiode (APD), operating between 210-260 nm, for implementation in the next generation bio-chem-detectors. The proposed detectors will be based on the AlGaN materials system and will be solar blind, highly sensitive, smaller, less expensive, and more robust than current UV detectors. Development of such APDs will enable enhanced detection and discrimination of biological and chemical compounds (e.g., nerve agents, explosives, or bacteria) using Raman spectroscopy. Results from this project will complement previous achievements from DARPA in the field of UV light sources (LUSTER) and find immediate application in the military and commercial sector.

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