Novel Silicon Carbide Avalanche Photodiodes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER84982
Agency Tracking Number: 85028
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 37 a
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Small Business Information
27 Kent Street, Suite 105A, Ballston Spa, NY, 12020
DUNS: 625950055
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Larry Rowland
 Dr.
 (518) 810-3294
 rowland@aymont.com
Business Contact
 Larry Rowland
Title: Dr.
Phone: (518) 810-3294
Email: rowland@aymont.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This project will demonstrate novel SiC avalanche photodiodes (APD) to replace photomultiplier tubes for gamma detection, a technology used in nuclear physics experiments. These avalanche photodiodes will enhance the sensitivity, resolution, and robustness of gamma detection at a reduced cost. The approach is based on an innovative process for obtaining the starting SiC material. In Phase I, the APDs will be designed to provide high gain, low dark current, and high quantum efficiency at wavelengths used by existing scintillators. In Phase II, these novel APDs will be optimized and readied for commercialization. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to nuclear physics applications, the new APDs should find applications in oil well drilling, radiation detection, and biodetection. These detectors should improve the nation¿s ability to detect certain types of radiation important for energy and security applications.

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