Low Light Level Silicon-Germanium Nano-BiCMOS Infrared Camera

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-09-C-S614
Agency Tracking Number: A082-100-0426
Amount: $69,928.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-100
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-05-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-11-13
Small Business Information
#19 Shea Way, Suite 301, Newark, DE, 19713
DUNS: 964792485
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jie Yao
 Principal Scientist
 (302) 368-7824
Business Contact
 Sean Wang
Title: CTO
Phone: (302) 368-7824
Email: swang@bwtek.com
Research Institution
Low light level infrared imaging has significant importance in military surveillance and target recognition. The proposed broadband low-light-level nano-BiCMOS camera covers visible and near infrared bands from 400 nm to 1,550 nm wavelengths. With a proven nano-technology, the proposed nano-BiCMOS photo-detector solves this long-standing tradeoff between quantum efficiency and dark current by in-pixel amplification to boost external quantum efficiency and photo current signal by 1,000x (target 6,000x). The resulting infrared camera will achieve approximately 100% amplified external quantum efficiency even at 1,550 nm. The camera shall operate at as fast as 1,000 frames/second with >=1 Mega pixel resolution. The entire semiconductor-based camera will enjoy 20-year lifetime, fieldable ruggedness, light weight and small size of a consumer camcorder. In Phase I we will prove the feasibility of germanium layer on silicon sensitive to 1,550 nm infrared with low dark current. In Phase II we will develop and prototype a complete Si-Ge nano-BiCMOS camera system, which will be delivered to DoD Labs for evaluation and demonstration. During Phase III, we will manufacture and market the proposed camera to defense contractors for incorporation into military systems and for our own Raman spectroscopy products.

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