Nanoengineered LWIR bolometers
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Tanner Research, Inc.
825 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA, 91016
AbstractThe 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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