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Low Light Short Wave Infrared Focal Plane Arrays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-17-C-7411
Agency Tracking Number: B2-2429
Amount: $136,213.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA15-022
Solicitation Number: 2015.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-06-25
Small Business Information
12930 Morris Trail, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908
DUNS: 621633296
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Stephen Gaalema
 President
 (719) 593-9501
 sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact
 Scott MacIntosh
Phone: (719) 593-9501
Email: smacintosh@bfe.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Current large format focal plane array (FPA) imaging sensors for imaging in low-light conditions in the near infrared / short wavelength infrared (NIR/SWIR) regions are limited by poor signal-to-noise. Electron avalanche photodiodes (e-APDs) using HgCdTe provide internal gain with very little excess noise and allow high signal-to-noise in low-light conditions. The readout integrated circuit (ROIC), with digital readout, utilizes radiation hardness by design (RHBD) and tolerates high radiation environments.In Phase II, Black Forest Engineering (BFE) will develop a low light NIR/SWIR FPA in a large array format and small pixel pitch that will meet or exceed performance goals identified in the topic.Approved for Public Release | 16-MDA-8951 (15 December 16)

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