Materials for Terahertz Detectors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-5402
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-042-0846
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
VIRGINIA DIODES, INC.
979 Second Street SE, Suite 309, Charlottesville, VA, 22902
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
788159445
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Crowe
Principal Research Staff
(434) 297-3257
Crowe@VADiodes.com
Business Contact:
Stephen Jones
Chief Operations Officer
(434) 297-3257
Jones@VADiodes.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
VDI's goal is to use new materials and processing techniques to achieve low barrier diodes that can be used as very sensitive zero-bias detectors and frequency mixers with extremely low local oscillator power requirements. The basic device goals, in terms of the materials study, are to achieve a controlled Schottky barrier height and reduced 1/f noise. The reduced barrier height will be controlled through the optimization of the alloy content of the semiconductor and the use of novel doping profiles. Advanced materials processing techniques will be used to reduce the 1/f noise. Through the successful conclusion of this effort VDI will achieve reductions in both the low-signal NEP and 1/f noise of state-of-the-art terahertz detectors and a fundamental reduction in the size and complexity of terahertz heterodyne receivers through the minimization of the LO power requirement.

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