Solid -State High Temperature Jet Engine Fire Detector

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8103-05-C-0208
Award Id:
67820
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-255-2729
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10814 Atwell Drive, Houston, TX, 77096
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
007189033
Principal Investigator:
David Starikov
Director of Research
(713) 748-7926
dstarikov@imsensors.com
Business Contact:
David Starikov
Director of Research
(713) 748-7926
dstarikov@imsensors.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Available fire/flame detectors are expensive, bulky, and do not operate in harsh environments. Miniature, inexpensive chip-based high-temperature detectors are needed for efficient detection of fires by allowing positioning closer to potential flame sources, and providing a fast and reliable response in separated UV and IR bands with high spatial and time resolution. III-nitride materials are superior for advanced detector fabrication due to their very wide direct band gap, high thermal, chemical, mechanical, and radiation tolerance. We have shown that GaN/InGaN-based heterostructure chips can be operated at temperatures over 300°C without internal or external cooling. Our growth method allows synthesis of binary and ternary nitride layers with precise control over thickness, chemical composition, crystalline quality, and doping. In a single growth process device structures can be achieved on commercial sapphire, silicon and silicon-on-sapphire substrates. PHASE I project resulted in development of a VISIBLE-BLIND dual-band UV/IR photodetector prototype integrated on a single chip. PHASE II objective is to build an INEXPENSIVE chip-integrated dual-band UV/IR SOLAR-BLIND HIGH-TEMPERATURE pre-commercial fire/flame detector prototype with EXTENDED UV and IR characteristics capable of early and reliable detection of jet engine fires, test the prototype on a static engine test bed, and determine its reliability.

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