Electronically Tunable Narrow-Band Infrared Focal Plane Array Based on the Quantum-Confined Stark Effect in Colloidal Quantum Dots

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-19-P-0530
Agency Tracking Number: F182-068-0867
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-068
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-20
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Principal Investigator
 Dr. Richard Pimpinella
 (630) 226-0080
Business Contact
 Dr. Paul Boeiriu
Phone: (630) 226-0080
Email: proposals@sivananthanlabs.us
Research Institution
Spectral imaging in the infrared enables cameras to not only detect objects in the scene, but also provide information that can be used to determine their chemical composition. Variations in emissivity can be exploited using spectral imaging to improve contrast and object detection. In addition, certain spectral bands can be exploited to reduce visual degradation caused by dust and weather obscurants. These capabilities make spectral imaging systems highly valuable for a broad range of military and civilian applications. Sivananthan Laboratories proposes to develop an infrared imager whose spectral response is tunable using an applied electric field by leveraging our existing high quantum efficiency colloidal quantum dot (CQD) infrared focal plane arrays (FPAs) and the quantum confined Stark effect. In the Phase I effort, Sivananthan Labs proposes to develop and evaluate CQD-based quantum Stark effect single element detectors with tunable optical response, producing tunable narrow band detection with spectral width less than 25% of the mean. The Phase II effort will focus on developing, fabricating, and evaluating a high performance tunable band FPA based on this design with the expectation of integrating the FPA with a camera system.

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