Active/Passive Two-color Infrared Focal Plane

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG6003P0295
Agency Tracking Number: 031-1040
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation 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 Scientist
 (503) 421-4389
Business Contact
 George Williams
Title: Managing Director
Phone: (503) 243-4633
Research Institution
We will optimize the design of a monolithic, highly-integrated, active/passive, two-color infrared detector capable of S/MWIR avalanche photodetection, (S)MWIR passive photodetection, or LWIR passive photodetection. The structure is constructed usingback-to-back photodiodes (one designed for unity gain or avalanche operation) manufactured with well-established, band-engineered HgCdTe heterostructure techniques. In addition to its great versatility, the benefits to MDA applications is that by usingcommon electronics, optics, and cryogenic packaging, the multi-modal imager enables reduced interceptor size, weight, and power.During Phase I, we will design the proposed innovation, including material composition, doping profiles, and layer thicknesses; we will detail a manufacturing process, and we will simulate the performance of the integrated device, including each of thethree sensing modalities. We will derive the anticipated device performance benefits for MDA space interceptor applications. 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 detection, IR spectroscopic applications in medicine and science, dual band tomographic non-destructive test, remote sensing, and thermography.

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