MEMS based thermopile infrared detector array for chemical and biological sensing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-10-C-0121
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-004-0430
Amount: $99,965.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T004
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
Black Forest Engineering, LLC
12930 Morris Trail, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908
DUNS: 621633296
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Gaalema
 President
 (719) 593-9501
 sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact
 Vivian McDonald
Title: Office Administrator
Phone: (719) 593-9501
Email: vmcdonald@bfe.com
Research Institution
 Case Western Reserve University
 Derek M Humphrey
 Office of Sponsored Projects
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH, 44106
 (216) 368-4510
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Thermopile arrays manufactured using integrated process compatible materials and micro-machining will provide high performance with low manufacturing cost. Black Forest Engineering (BFE) teamed with Case Western Reserve University will design thermopiles using silicon based semiconductors and compare performance. Low cost thermopiles, differentially coupled with advanced BFE CMOS readout, will provide DOD with rugged, inexpensive, and high performance infrared sensing capabilities. Si (poly and single crystal) and SiC (poly) thermopiles will be designed and performance compared on the Phase I effort for fabrication of linear arrays applicable for infrared chemical and biological sensing missions. On Phase II the thermopile detector linear array will be fabricated and integrated with a BFE readout ASIC. The Phase II sensor will meet future ARMY sensing needs such as Bio-Aerosol Threat Alert.

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