High-performance, cost-effective SLS arrays using conventional III-V processes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7350
Agency Tracking Number: B093-013-0500
Amount: $99,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA09-013
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA, 93003
DUNS: 145925520
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Michael MacDougal
 (805) 642-4645
Business Contact
 Jon Geske
Title: President
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Email: geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution
Aerius Photonics plans to develop cost-effective focal plane arrays (FPAs) based on InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattice (SLS) structures for long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) wavelength applications. Presently, the majority of arrays are fabricated in academic or laboratory environments. Building on their expertise in building large InGaAs arrays, Aerius will develop wafer processes that are straightforward to transition to a foundry. New processes, particularly those related to passivation will require modifications to ensure a smooth transition to the foundry. Aerius expects that the changes made to the passivation process will also have the beneficial effect of reducing dark current related to wafer processing. In Phase I, Aerius will perform a preliminary development of the passivation processes to assess its compatibility with SLS devices. If successful, Aerius would fully transition the process to their foundry in Phase II, and build 1K x 1K arrays ready for hybridization to the appropriate ROIC.

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