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MIE Photo Sensor Digital Photon Counters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0023759
Agency Tracking Number: 0000272859
Amount: $206,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: C56-38a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0002903
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-07-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-07-09
Small Business Information
PO BOX333
Hinsdale, IL 60522-0333
United States
DUNS: 831649251
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Renee Carder
 (630) 666-3258
 rcarder@pixelexx.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Bradley
Phone: (630) 272-0846
Email: kbradley@pixelexx.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The detection of photons, the elementary particles of light, is not only central to the exploration of the fundamental nature of energy, matter, space and time, but it also plays an important role in applications such as such as hazard & threat detection, 3D-sensing such as light/laser detection and ranging (LIDAR/LADAR), low light imaging, astronomy, quantum information science, biophotonics, medical imaging, microscopy, and communications. light/laser detection and ranging (LIDAR/LADAR), photography, astronomy, quantum information science, medical imaging, microscopy, and communications. Photodetectors made of many single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) firing in Geiger mode are widely valued for their single-photon sensitivity and picosecond timing resolution. Some of the advantages of SPADs are low cost, robust construction, excellent response time, compactness, improved life span, lower power consumption, lower operating voltages, and immunity to magnetic fields. That said, new applications are pushing to increase the spatial resolution and decrease the size of the device while maintaining or increasing photon detection efficiency. This proposal addresses these challenges by exploring a new class of SPADs that exploit Mie resonance to increase photon detection efficiency in smaller pixels with the goal of enhancing spatial resolution in low-light applications that require a small footprint. Phase I employs simulation and experimental work to develop a silicon SPAD design and fabrication process flow, that begins to address crucial questions arising from implementing the larger reverse voltages in nanosize devices.

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