Nanoengineered LWIR bolometers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: D10PC20068
Agency Tracking Number: 09SB1-0116
Amount: $749,560.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: SB091-006
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
825 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA, 91016
DUNS: 195754056
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ravi Verma
 Senior Scientist
 (626) 471-9700
Business Contact
 Kevin Dinniene
Title: Director
Phone: (626) 471-9778
Research Institution
The DoD has a strong need for LWIR/MWIR detectors that can operate at room temperatures, while providing performance metrics (D* and speed of operation) associated with cryogenically cooled detectors. Microbolometers offer room temperature operation, but limited performance metrics. Tanner Research is proposing to leverage recent developments in nanophotonics to develop nanobolometers with performance metrics associated with cryocooled detectors. Previously, we had demonstrated such nanobolometers at 1.5 micron wavelength, but the extension to LWIR/MWIR wavelengths was unclear. During the Phase I contract, we have developed techniques that can (with clean room processing methods) extend the response to LWIR/MWIR wavelengths. In Phase II, we are proposing to implement these methods and develop a small array of LWIR/MWIR detectors.

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