MMW and LWIR Sensor Fusion in the Same Pixel for Room Temperature Imaging

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$49,995.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
18020
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Electro-optek Corp.
3152 Kashiwa Street, Torrance, CA, 90505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 William Chan
 (310) 534-3666
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Electro-Optek will develop a sensor-fusion infrared (IR) + millimeterwave (MMW) imaging focal plane array combining electron tunneling and silicon micromachining. A gas encapsulated in a cavity micromachined on Si expands upon absorption of IR radiation, like a Golay detector, causing a deflection of the cavity wall measured by an electron tunneling probe, micromachined on the same SI wafer. MMW antennas, metal-deposited on the back of the cavity wall, connect to readout/mux electronics processed on the back of the micromachined SI wafer. The electron tunneling probe can measure atomic-sclae deflections, acting as an extremely sensitive transducer sensing IR well beyond 20 microns. The MMW-horn-shaped cavities have walls coated with a thin layer of Au, of receiving MMWs at 94 GHz and beyond. The same pixel detects IR and MMWs simultaneously, and the FPA provides all-weather, all-battle-condition target detection/recognition from clutter with near immunity to countermeasures.

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