Ultra-thin AlN/GaN Heterostructures for Robust, Radiation-hard Electronics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85957
Agency Tracking Number: 95092
Amount: $99,976.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 44 c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000161
Small Business Information
Svt Associates, Inc.
7620 Executive Drive, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
DUNS: 876868647
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Amir Dabiran
 (952) 934-2100
Business Contact
 Leslie Price
Title: Ms.
Phone: (952) 934-2100
Email: price@svta.com
Research Institution
Exposure to high energy radiation can produces disruptive transient behavior as well as long-term changes in electronic device and circuit characteristics. Depending on both the material properties and radiation characteristics, these effects may result in parametric degradation or functional failure in electronic circuits. Future DOE nuclear research and high-energy physics projects, such as the ATLAS and CMS beam interaction regions in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), require ultrahigh radiation hardness for both ionizing and displacing radiation in particle and photon detectors and the related electronics. Due to a number of important properties in III-nitride materials, including high thermal and chemical stability and a wide bandgap, we propose to develop rugged, radiation-hard AlN/GaN MOS-HEMTs for use in DOE applications. These novel devices have shown an order of magnitude higher tolerance to radiation compared to typical AlGaN/GaN HEMTs and about three orders of magnitude more radiation hardness compared to GaAs-based devices. Commercial Application and Other Benefits: Radiation-hard electronics are sought for robust operation of satellites, space probes, and for support electronics in high-energy and nuclear experiments. Robust high performance power amplifiers are essentials part of the enabling technology for future space missions as well as many civilian and military applications. Material properties of GaN and related alloys make them a key component for these applications

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