High Resolution, 15-micron thin, Pixellated, Back-illuminated SOI CMOS Vertex Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER84919
Agency Tracking Number: 83216
Amount: $650,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: 34
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 124348652
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 George Williams
 (971) 223-5646
Business Contact
 George Williams
Title: Mr
Phone: (971) 223-5646
Email: georgew@voxtel-inc.com
Research Institution
Planned high energy physics (HEP) experiments require improvements in detector technology characterized by improved parameters for granularity, readout speed, radiation hardness and sensor thickness. Of the available detector technologies, Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) pixilated imagers offer several advantages, but CMOS detectors, due to readout and fixed pattern noise, have not been widely used for scientific instrumentation. They are also difficult to thin. The goal of this project is to overcome the limitations of contemporary SOI (silicon-on-insulator) CMOS active pixel sensor (APS) technology, in a 3-dimensional stacked imager configuration, by establishing a new class of back-thinned, radiation-hard, stacked Silicon on Insulator/ SOI CMOS HEP imagers. The Phase I project successfully fabricated and thinned photodetectors to the required specifications and uniformity. This addresses one of the major technical hurdles being addressed by the HEP detector community. The Phase II project will further investigate the technologies necessary to develop these high-performance detectors. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: In the past, developments in HEP instrumentation have found widespread application in other fields. This project will open up a new approach to radiological imaging, protein crystallography, time resolved x-ray synchrotron science, electron microscopy, laser radar, and others.

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