Large Area, High Speed Photodiode Using Metal-Semiconductor-Metal (MSM) Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 35949
Amount: $749,401.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 853, Philadelphia, PA, 19119
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Fischl
 (215) 248-3418
Business Contact
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Research Institution
This proposal is concerned with a large area, high speed photodetector with gain. It involves the incorporation of a metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) diode as the anode in a large area phototube that currently uses a Schottky diode. Present photodetectors either have a large area and low speed or a small area and high speed. The proposed phototube, or the intensified photodiode (IPD) is expected to exhibit a gain of greater than 10E3 , noise figure less than 1.5 dB, and a bandwidth of greater than 10 GHz, while maintaining a 10mm or larger active area. The device will be useful in free space terrestrial, shipboard and satellite communications, as well as a variety of lidar applications. Phase I is the feasibility study, i.e., the design of a prototype of the large area, high speed photodetector (EDMSM-IPD) device, while Phase I Option is the proof-of-concept demonstration which characterizes and demonstrates that the concept works.

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