Superconducting Thin-Film Interconnects for Cryogenic Photon Detector Arrays

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNG05CA59C
Agency Tracking Number: 040146
Amount: $69,943.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: S2.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 1879, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250-8040
DUNS: 067760363
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Grove
 Principal Investigator
 (360) 378-4137
 david.grove@luxel.com
Business Contact
 Forbes Powell
Title: President
Phone: (360) 378-4137
Email: forbes.powell@luxel.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Advanced imaging spectrometers for x-ray astronomy will require significant improvements in the high density interconnects between the detector arrays and the first stage electronics. These detectors operate at 50 to 100 mK, while the first stage is held between 1.3-1.5 K. Interconnects are needed that provide the required signal paths while imparting a thermal heat load on the detector stage of less than 0.5 microwatts. The innovation proposed to meet this need is a ribbon of ultra-thin polyimide supporting a high-density array of vacuum deposited superconducting traces. No such innovative high-density interconnects are available today. Phase I will test material properties of superconducting thin films fundamental to interconnect performance and prepare prototype devices that demonstrate the feasibility of this approach.

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