Optical Gain Modulators and Switches Using Toggling (BMDO02-011B)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
F3060203C0211
Award Id:
58951
Agency Tracking Number:
02-1193
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 30198, Bethesda, MD, 20824
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
089164565
Principal Investigator:
Eric Harmon
Research Manager
(508) 809-9052
harmon@lightspintech.com
Business Contact:
David Salzman
President
(301) 656-7600
salzman@lightspintech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We will develop and demonstrate Geiger mode APDs using novel materials set, device structure, and circuit for short wavelength (500 - 600 nm) ladar pixels and pixel arrays. Our approach promises extremely low dark count rates at room temperature (1 cps).This quietness allows trade-offs among larger detector area, less cooling (or no cooling), reduced after-pulsing, reduced optical cross talk, higher detection efficiency, higher duty cycle, higher operating speed, better production yield, and/or largerarrays. The results will constitute a solid foundation for ultimate sensitivity ladar, detecting nearly all return photons as well as multiple returns per pulse. LightSpin will build, characterize, and deliver a 4 x 4 element module and 8 x 8 elementarray, outperforming existing Geiger modules and arrays.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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