Advanced Readout Development for High Performance Corrugated Quantum Well Infrared Photoconductors Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,987.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W909MY-10-C-0028
Award Id:
97681
Agency Tracking Number:
A093-145-1251
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-145
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12930 Morris Trail, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
621633296
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Gaalema
President
(719) 593-9501
sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact:
Vivian McDonald
Office Manager
(719) 593-9501
gsi@general-sciences.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Black Forest Engineering has developed readout integrated circuit (ROIC) methods that provide large charge integration capability in a small pixel pitch. A small pixel pitch allows high image resolution and large image formats with significant reduction in optics size and weight. The large charge capability results from in-pixel dark current pedestal subtraction and switched capacitor signal integration. During Phase I, BFE will demonstrate by design and analysis that pixel circuit modifications will provide low noise signal extraction compatible with corrugated quantum well infrared photoconductor (C-QWIP) operation at cryogenic temperatures. The readout pixel circuitry will be designed in a 15 Am pixel pitch with performance demonstrated in Phase I. On Phase II, this new pixel circuitry will be demonstrated in a larger format ROIC and hybridized to C-QWIP detector arrays. The Phase II ROIC will have on-chip ADC and support array size up to 2Kx2K at 60 Hz frame rates.

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