Large Format Uncooled Focal Plane Array

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,994.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15P7T-08-C-P610
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-098-1604
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
621633296
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Gaalema
President
(719) 593-9501
sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact:
Vivian Wallick
Office Manager
(719) 593-9501
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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