Very Low Cost Photomultiplier Chip for Disposable Gamma Spectrometer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HDTRA1-09-P-0012
Agency Tracking Number:
T082-007-0079
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
DTRA082-007
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
LightSpin Technologies, Inc.
4407 Elm Street, Suite 300, Chevy Chase, MD, 20824
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
089164565
Principal Investigator:
Eric Harmon
VP/Research
(508) 809-9052
harmon@lightspintech.com
Business Contact:
David Salzman
President
(301) 656-7600
salzman@lightspintech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose to develop a very low cost Photomultiplier Chip (TM) as a direct replacement for photomultiplier tubes, to help make gamma spectrometers disposably cheap. The detector achieves single-photon sensitivity, wide dynamic range, low gain noise and low dark noise using novel designs in a gallium arsenide-based compound semiconductor. The approach will mitigate risks of scaling to the inch-size needed for a spectrometer system.

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