SBIR Phase I: Multipurpose and Multispectral Sensor for Geo-science and Astronomical Instruments

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637454
Agency Tracking Number: 0637454
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MI
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
Banpil Photonics, Inc.
2953 Bunker Hill Lane, Suite 400, Santa Clara, CA, 95054
DUNS: 125981485
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Achyut Dutta
 PhD
 (408) 282-3628
 akdutta@banpil.com
Business Contact
 Achyut Dutta
Title: PhD
Phone: (408) 282-3628
Email: akdutta@banpil.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I research project will develop monolithic multicolor sensor array with high quantum efficiency, high speed for numerous system applications. Today's sensor arrays are designed to work either in visible or in near infrared region. None of these can provide broad spectral response (300 nm to 2500 nm). The goal is to identify suitable sensor array structures for broad range detection, with combined high quantum efficiency, and high speed. A second goal is to identify a photodiode or sensor array structure where each pixel can be addressed independently. The design, performance simulation, and also physical parameters optimization will also be carried out as a part of this research activity. The broader impact of this research is that broad spectral image sensors are required for various ground-based, air-borne, space-borne geo-science instruments for the atmospheric properties measurement, surface topography, range detection, remote sensing, and real-time monitoring of biological systems. To date, several sensors covering different spectral ranges are used for this purpose. Next generation geo-science and astronomical instrumentation require single sensor that can detect multiple spectral bands (300 to 2500 nm of wavelengths) and could be used for multiple earth-science measurements. Use of single sensor having multifunctional capability can make the instrument unusually small, light and low-power requirement.

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