Low Power X-Ray Photon Resolving Imaging Array

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CB35C
Agency Tracking Number: 074711
Amount: $599,407.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Black Forest Engineering, LLC
PO Box 8059, Colorado Springs, CO, 80933-8059
DUNS: 621633296
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Gaalema
 Principal Investigator
 (719) 593-9501
 sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact
 Vivian McDonald
Title: Business Official
Phone: (719) 593-9501
Email: vmcdonald@bfe.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The solid-state detector array is the primary technology to implement the current generation of space borne high-energy astronomy missions that are managed by NASA in partnership with the international community. Readout integrated circuitry (ROIC) specifically designed for photon resolving X-ray detection with solid-state detectors will create a new generation of high-performance X-ray imaging sensors. AC sensitive detector input circuitry, similar to that used by Black Forest Engineering (BFE) for laser detection and ranging (LADAR), is ideally suited to NASA X-ray astronomy imaging system requirements. BFE proposes on Phase II to produce and test 32x32 hybrid sensor arrays that can meet a wide range of NASA X-ray imaging applications. The arrays will provide single photon sensitivity, accurate X-ray energy determination, X-ray event time stamping, low power dissipation and ambient temperature operation.

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