High Rate Single Photon Sensitive Coded LADAR Receiver

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-10-C-7377
Agency Tracking Number:
B093-038-0381
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA09-038
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Voxtel Inc.
12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 230, Beaverton, OR, 97005
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
124348652
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Huntington
Senior Engineer
(971) 223-5646
andrew@voxtel-inc.com
Business Contact:
George Williams
President
(971) 223-5646
georgew@voxtel-inc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
There is a need for a high-resolution two-dimensional focal plane array (FPA) with single photon sensitivity (SPS), pulse amplitude storage, and GHz bit rates that can record both the time (with <250 ps jitter) and amplitude (>10 bits) from multiple returns from a single laser pulse. Such a system has the potential to significantly reduce LADAR size, weight, and power (SWAP) by alleviating the laser requirements. In this program, a high gain (>1,800), low excess noise (k<0.03) linear-mode APD will be configured into a focal plane that is capable of recording the time of flight (TOF) of up to 128 pulse returns per frame for each pixel in the FPA. The prototype LADAR receiver will be demonstrated in Phase I, and in Phase II, a ROIC integrating a low-noise, multi-GHz amplifier into each unit cell will be designed and integrated into a 32 × 128 focal plane array, with SPS, ns pulse pair resolution, and <25 psec TOF time stamps.

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