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Metamorphic Buffer Layer Growth for Bulk InAs(x)Sb(1-x) LWIR Detectors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W919MY-16-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: A16A-009-0082
Amount: $149,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16A-T009
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-03-11
Small Business Information
7735 Paragon Rd.
Dayton, OH 45459
United States
DUNS: 134159925
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Kent
 (614) 947-7345
Business Contact
 Marylyn Fortson
Phone: (937) 435-9374
Research Institution
 Ohio State University
 John Robinson
1960 Kenny Rd
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

 (614) 292-2656
 Nonprofit College or University

This proposal describes a comprehensive effort to develop the required epitaxial materials technologies to support the development and commercialization of next generation, epitaxially grown, engineered III-V LWIR detectors that achieve performance equivalent to much higher cost II-VI detectors. Our team proposes a unique and innovative approach which utilizes MOCVD growth of metamorphic buffer layers on commercial GaSb substrates to facilitate the fabrication of device quality heterostructures with LWIR spectral response. To support rapid maturation of this technology over the course of this STTR program, our team has a number of state-of-the-art characterization facilities at our disposal including the OSU Center for electron microscopy and analysis (CEMAS), BRCs in-house EOIR lab, and OSUs Nanotech West Laboratory (NTW) for materials growth. By utilizing MOCVD growth, which has been widely embraced by the high efficiency solar and solid state lighting industries for high volume, low cost production of epitaxial films, our team anticipates rapidly scaling and transitioning the technologies developed under this program with considerably lower costs and higher throughput compared to MBE based approaches. In support of that transition, we have established relationships with both a commercial epitaxy vendor and an infrared FPA foundry for collaboration under this program.

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