Ultimate Sensitivity Solid State Photodetector

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$263,092.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43EB000929-01A2
Award Id:
71331
Agency Tracking Number:
EB000929
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
LIGHTSPIN TECHNOLOGIES, INC., BOX 30198, BETHESDA, MD, 20824
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
ERICHARMON
(508) 809-9052
HARMON@LIGHTSPINTECH.COM
Business Contact:
DAVIDSALZMAN
(301) 656-7600
SALZMAN@LIGHTSPINTECH.COM
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We propose a solid-state single-photon avalanche detector (SPAD), based on large band gap compound semiconductor materials and a new Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode structure. It will be able to detect light levels down to lone photons with uniquely low background dark noise and high quantum efficiency at room temperature. It will also detect photons showered by a scintillating material from radioactive particle emissions. The SPAD will have superior performance to vacuum phototubes and all previous APDs. The SPAD can make many important biomedical instruments orders of magnitude lower cost, smaller, and more rugged. Fundamental advantages in areas like nanotechnology sensors, PET scanning, MEMS, flow cytometry, and fluorescence microscopy will be enabled by the massive decrease in system footprint and cost offered by this project.

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