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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,985.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-10-C-7350
Award Id:
96972
Agency Tracking Number:
B093-013-0500
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 09-013
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA, 93003
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145925520
Principal Investigator:
Michael MacDougal
Vice-President
(805) 642-4645
macdougal@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Jon Geske
President
(805) 642-4645
geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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