QUANTUM WELL INFRARED SOURCES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 6120
Amount: $465,189.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4516 Henry St, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Darryl D Coon
 (412) 624-9080
Business Contact
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Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
RESEARCH WILL BE CARRIED OUT ON QUANTUM WELL INFRARED SOURCES EMPLOYING RESONANT TUNNELING AND INTRABAND TRANSITIONS IN THE 3-5 MICRON AND 8-12 MICRON WAVELENGTH REGIONS. THE DEVICE STRUCTURES WHICH WE PROPOSE ARE TRIPLE BARRIER DIODES (TBDS). IN CONTRAST WITH CONVENTIONAL SOLID STATE LASERS AND LIGHT EMITTING DIODES, TBDS PROVIDE LONGER WAVELENGTH CAPABILITY DUE TO THE USE OF INTRABAND RATHER THAN INTERBND OPTICAL TRANSITIONS. INTRABAND TRANSITIONS DO NOT IMPOSE A LONG WAVELENGTH CUTOFF AND THEY PERMIT THE USE OF WIDE BANDGAP MATERIALS WITH FEW MATERIALS PROBLEMS. THE PHASE I WORK WILL BE DEVOTED ENTIRELY TO DEVICE DESIGN. THE DESIGN WORK WILL INVOLVE OPTIMI-ZATION OF RDIATIVE RESONANT TUNNELING AND SUPPRESSION OF NONRADIATIVE TUNNELING. THIS WORK WILL BENEFIT FROM THE CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS WHICH HAS BEEN MADE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOUBLE BARRIER DIODES (DBDS). THE MAIN GOAL OF THIS WORK WILL BE TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING TBDS AS INFRARED COUNTERMEASURES (IRCM) SOURCES. SPONTANEOUS AND STIMULATED EMISSION WILL BE CONSIDERED IN DETAIL FOR DEVICES WHICH OFFER THE POSSIBILITY OF STIMULATED EMISSION (LASER ACTION) AND HIGH POWER OUTPUT WITH EFFICIENT CONVERSION OF ELECTRICAL POWER INTO OPTICAL POWER.

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