SiC Avalanche Photodiodes and Arrays

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$600,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09CA59C
Award Id:
88032
Agency Tracking Number:
074989
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
30 Saratoga Avenue, Suite 6H, Ballston Spa, NY, 12020
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625950055
Principal Investigator:
Larry Rowland
Principal Investigator
(518) 810-3294
rowland@aymont.com
Business Contact:
Larry Rowland
Business Official
(518) 810-3294
rowland@aymont.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In this Phase 2 SBIR program submitted to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in response to Topic S1.05 (Detector Technologies for UV, X-Ray, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Instruments), Aymont Technology, Inc. (Aymont) and GE Global Research will enable high-sensitivity ultraviolet imaging. We will build upon our Phase 1 result showing working SiC UV avalanche photodiodes with high quantum efficiency as well as GE's product expertise in SiC photodiodes. Our team will demonstrate 16 x 16 arrays of SiC photodiodes including electronics for visible-blind high-sensitivity ultraviolet (UV) detection. We will demonstrate imaging using these arrays at UV wavelengths. In order to enable large scale arrays needed for future NASA missions, we will also demonstrate a 3 x 3 array of SiC photodiodes and avalanche photodiodes without front side contacts. In Phase 3, this array will be scaled to VGA dimensions (640 x 480) and utilized by NASA and others as the best-performing choice for UV imaging in space, satellite, security, and other applications. Additionally, APD arrays will be enabled. These will give the capability of imaging where each pixel has the sensitivity of a PMT.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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