Multi-Modal LWIR/VLWIR Focal Plane Array

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F2960103M0246
Agency Tracking Number: 031-1048
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2640 SW Georgian Place, Portland, OR, 97201
DUNS: 124348652
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Gates
 Principal Engineer
 (503) 421-4389
Business Contact
 George Williams
Title: Managing Director
Phone: (503) 243-4633
Research Institution
We propose to optimize the design of a highly versatile active/passive multi-color focal plane array (FPA). The device integrates, within a single pixel, both avalanche photodiode (APD) and two-color LWIR/VLWIR sensing capabilities. The design is based onwell proven HgCdTe heterostructure techniques and manufacturing methods.In Phase I, we will investigate both two-terminal and three-terminal, back-to-back photodiode configurations for sequential-simultaneous active/passive dual-band infrared imaging. Using advanced TCAD tools, we will optimize the design of theactive/passive, multi-wavelength infrared HgCdTe semiconductor image sensor to enable high-performance, high-pixel-density focal plane arrays to be manufactured, with high yields, and in a cost effective manner.By using common optics, electronics, and cryo-cooling, monolithically integrating a 3D LADAR imager with a two-color IR imager, in a single focal plane array, offers enhanced target acquisition, discrimination, and aimpoint selection, while reducing EKVmass, volume, and power budgets. The market for non-defense based IR photo-detectors is expected to grow rapidly over the next 10 years. The characteristics that make multi-color IR photo-detectors suitable for defense applications also benefit many industrial and scientificapplications. Several applications include: environmental monitoring, ladar, chem./bio. hazard detection, IR spectroscopic applications in medicine and science, dual band tomographic non-destructive test, remote sensing, and thermography.

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