Materials for Terahertz Detectors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-5402
Agency Tracking Number: F073-042-0846
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-042
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
979 Second Street SE, Suite 309, Charlottesville, VA, 22902
DUNS: 788159445
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Crowe
 Principal Research Staff
 (434) 297-3257
Business Contact
 Stephen Jones
Title: Chief Operations Officer
Phone: (434) 297-3257
Research Institution
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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