Handheld Longwave Infrared Camera Based on Highly-Sensitive Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX07CA50P
Award Id:
83982
Agency Tracking Number:
067098
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180, Nashua, NH, 03063
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
168454770
Principal Investigator:
ManiSundaram
Principal Investigator
(603) 821-3092
msundaram@qmagiq.com
Business Contact:
ManiSundaram
Business Official
(603) 821-3092
msundaram@qmagiq.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
We propose to develop a compact handheld longwave infrared camera based on quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array (FPA) technology. Based on the photoexcitation of electrons out of quantum wells of GaAs sandwiched between AlGaAs barriers, QWIP FPAs have emerged as a promising new candidate for longwave infrared imaging and spectroscopy, offering superb sensitivity, pixel operability and uniformity, adjustable spectral response (3-20 microns), and extension to large formats. We will DELIVER a prototype camera at the end of Phase 1 so that NASA can test it in the field for its applications. In Phase 2, we will tailor the spectral response of the detector array to 8-12 microns, expand its format to 1Kx1K, and package and deliver the resulting wideband camera to NASA for spectroscopic/imaging studies in this spectral range.

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