Large Format Uncooled Focal Plane Array

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-08-C-P610
Agency Tracking Number: A072-098-1604
Amount: $69,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-098
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
BLACK FOREST ENGINEERING, LLC
1879 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO, 80918
DUNS: 621633296
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Gaalema
 President
 (719) 593-9501
 sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact
 Vivian Wallick
Title: Office Manager
Phone: (719) 593-9501
Email: vwallick@bfe.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Uncooled focal plane array (FPA) technology has evolved such that high performance is achieved in the long wavelength infrared (LWIR) with small pixel pitch and fast time constant. Small pitch allows high resolution with reduction in optics size and weight. Black Forest Engineering (BFE) has demonstrated 1024x768 a-Si:H FPAs with 20 um pixel pitch, noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD) < 35 mK and time constant < 8 msec. On Phase I, BFE will demonstrate by design and analysis pixel circuit modifications to provide adjustable control of time constant and responsivity in a 17 um pixel pitch. On Phase II, this new pixel circuitry will be demonstrated in a 320x240 or larger format FPA, that achieves NETD < 20 mK at F/1.4 (LWIR @ 300 K). The new pixel circuitry will allow 1280x960 uncooled FPAs with high performance and hot source mitigation.

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