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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F3060203C0211
Agency Tracking Number: 02-1193
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 30198, Bethesda, MD, 20824
DUNS: 089164565
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Harmon
 Research Manager
 (508) 809-9052
 harmon@lightspintech.com
Business Contact
 David Salzman
Title: President
Phone: (301) 656-7600
Email: 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.

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