Improvement of Type II Superlattices by H-Plasma

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-07-C-7639
Agency Tracking Number: 053-1061
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-007
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
7620 Executive Drive, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
DUNS: 876868647
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Aaron Moy
 Senior Research Engineer
 (952) 934-2100
Business Contact
 Leslie Price
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (952) 934-2100
Research Institution
SVT Associates proposes an innovative atomic Hydrogen enhanced growth and surface preparation technique for high performance type-II superlattice focal plane array fabrication. This material system is capable of infrared detection from 2 to > 30 micron, depending on layer composition and thickness. Photodetector arrays using this material are of great interest to the DoD for various applications including, in particular, optical detection and tracking of missiles. Hydrogen atomic flux has already been shown to improve other III-V growth, such as InAs. Applying the Hydrogen treatment to the superlattice should result in smoother substrate surfaces, higher material purity and more abrupt superlattice interfaces, all important factors that should significantly enhance device operation. In Phase II we will combine the Hydrogen process with other tool advances made by SVTA to realize type-II superlattice discrete detectors and detector arrays. We have established collaborations with current FPA suppliers to help bring these superlattice materials to commercial viability.

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