Colloidal Quantum Dots for Cost Reduction in EO/IR Detectors for Infrared Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-18-C-0020
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7141
Amount: $499,975.97
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-029
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-06-07
Small Business Information
590 Territorial Drive, Bolingbrook, IL, 60440
DUNS: 968903422
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Brendan Benapfl
 (630) 226-0080
 contracts@episensors.us
Business Contact
 Dr. Sivalingam Sivananthan
Phone: (630) 226-0080
Email: proposals@episensors.us
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Technical Abstract (200 word limit):While state-of-the-art microbolometers demonstrate impressive capabilities for low-cost uncooled long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) imaging, there is currently a need for low-cost, mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) imaging systems capable of high performance with fast frame rates at high operating temperatures. HgTe colloidal quantum dot (CQD) focal plane arrays (FPAs), as developed by our team, are MWIR photon detectors that demonstrate high performance and fast response, have the potential for uncooled operation, and are monolithically integrated with readout integrated circuits. To take full advantage of the optical and transport properties of the state-of-the-art CQDs, we propose to develop new processing and device architectures, with the goal of achieving the optimal performance of a high-resolution (1344 x 744 format) MWIR CQD FPA for integration with a low-cost and high-performance imaging system. The parameters for optimal absorption and transport will be determined through improvements in single element detector architectures, then transferred to the FPAs. Our team is uniquely positioned to take on the challenges associated with the development of a compact and low-cost MWIR CQD-based imaging system, having been the first to demonstrate MWIR CQD FPAs and possessing a track record of developing innovative low-cost infrared camera systems.

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