Multiband Infrared Focal Plane Array for Seeker Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,940.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-07-C-7710
Award Id:
81689
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-016-0637
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1879 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO, 80918
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
621633296
Principal Investigator:
Steve Gaalema
President
(719) 593-9501
sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact:
Tyler Erickson
Design Engineer
(719) 593-9501
terickson@bfe.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Improved interceptor seeker capability to detect, identify, and discriminate re-entry vehicles (RV's) from countermeasures at distances of hundreds of kilometers is critical for missile defense. Development of an advanced infrared seeker combining high-spatial resolution with multiband detection for spectral discrimination is desired for material identification and RV discrimination. The challenge is to develop multiband sensors of greater sensitivity, higher resolution, and larger field-of-view to increase detection and tracking range. The sensor needs to be affordable, reliable, and operate at elevated temperature. Corrugated architecture quantum well infrared photodetectors (C-QWIPs) meet many seeker detector requirements and have recently demonstrated improved quantum efficiency and multiband capability. Black Forest Engineering's (BFE) readout integrated circuits provide large charge capacity and dark current subtraction that allows increase of C-QWIP operating temperature. BFE will design a 25x25 μm2 area pixel that will allow readout of 4-band collocated QWIPs in a near simultaneous mode. The Phase I design will include system modeling and fabrication plan for a large format sensor development on Phase II.

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