Uncooled BLIP Detector for Next Generation Infrared (IR) Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-06-C-0066
Agency Tracking Number: 053-1055
Amount: $99,769.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-009
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
ITN ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC.
8130 Shaffer Pkwy, Littleton, CO, 80127
DUNS: 040245305
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Berland
 Manager, Thin Film Electronics
 (303) 285-5107
 bberland@itnes.com
Business Contact
 Janet Casteel
Title: Manager, Business Relations
Phone: (303) 285-5111
Email: jcasteel@itnes.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The ITN team proposes to design and develop a revolutionary uncooled IR detector that is compatible with large format focal place arrays. By dramatically decreasing thermal conduction noise and Johnson noise, the proposed sensor enables BLIP sensitivity resulting in a 50 times increase in detector sensitivity over state-of-the-art technologies. Preliminary analysis projects a specific detectivity of 1.1E10 cm-Hz^0.5/W and NETD much less than 1 mK. The proposed BLIP detector will have a cutoff wavelength greater than 14 microns, a time constant of ~3msec, and require very little power (~40nanoWatts per pixel). In addition, the BLIP detector will be fabricated with standard thin-film technologies that provide high pixel uniformity, decreased cost, and inherent stability in high radiation environments.

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