Dual-Mode Imager for Positive Identification of Friendly Vehicles in Combat

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$47,833.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
20588
Agency Tracking Number:
20588
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3152 Kashiwa Street, Torrance, CA, 90505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Eugene L. Dines
(310) 534-3666
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose to develop a dual-mode sensor for positive all-weather identification of friendly vehicles in combat using 2-dimensional arrays of All-xGaxAs multiple quantum wells (MQWs) for detection long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) radiation and 2-dimensional arrays of 94-GHz millimeter wave (MMW) transceivers. The former will be fabricated by plasma-assisted metalorganic molecular beam epitaxy (PAMOMBE) and the latter by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). In Phase I, we will first develop electron-cyclotron-resonance (ECR) sources for reactive epitaxy on insulating GaAs substrates, followed by the development of MQW IR detectors. We will design the sources and ultra-high-vacuum fixtures for epitaxy and delineate the PAMOMBE processes to grow MQW devices at a high growth rate and with high-quality epitaxy, and thus cost effectively. 94-GHz MMW integrated circuits will be designed and simulated. In Phase II we will fabricate several MQWs one on top of another forming a vertical stack of IR detectors, each responding to a different spectral band. We will then fabricate a prototype 2-dimensional array of these stacks for multispectral IR imaging and integrate it with a two-dimensional 94-GHz MMW array into a high-performance dual-mode sensor providing real-time and positive non-cooperative identification of friendly forces in combat in all weather conditions.

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