High Speed Room Temperature IR Camera Based on Plasmon Physics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,950.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-05-C-0193
Agency Tracking Number:
05ST1-0062
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
ST051-005
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TANNER RESEARCH, INC.
2650 East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, CA, 91107
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
195754056
Principal Investigator:
Ravi Verma
Senior Scientist
(626) 792-3000
ravi.verma@tanner.com
Business Contact:
Kevin Dinniene
Controller
(626) 792-3000
kevin@tanner.com
Research Institution:
STANFORD UNIV.
Neil Morimoto
Department of Materials Scienc, 651 Serra Street, room 260
Stanford, CA, 94305
(650) 723-5349
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Several critical DoD missions require reliable, rapid, and non-cryogenically cooled long wave IR cameras. This camera, in turn, can be developed only with a new photodiode architecture wherein detector dark current is reduced by at least 3 orders of magnitude. In this proposal, Tanner Research and Stanford University are proposing a plasmon lens & resonant antenna device to efficiently focus broadband incident IR radiation onto a spatially reduced photodiode. Photodiode volume reduction corresponds to a reduction in photodiode dark current. During Phase I, we will investigate and demonstrate the feasibility of our high risk/high reward approach of a new photodiode architecture. During Phase II, we will collaborate with Raytheon Vision Systems to build the IR camera.

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