Solid-State Photon Counting Imager

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 22405
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Western Research Company, Inc.
2127 E. Speedway, Suite 209, Tucson, AZ, 85719
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith Hege
 (602) 325-4505
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
The goal of this research project is to explore the feasibility of developing a powerful new visible light imaging array for use in a camera system and potentially applicable to a variety of medical and biotechnology uses. This innovative imaging technology involves use of Visible Light Photon Counting (VLPC) diodes, which allow the potential of two dimensional array imaging at high readout rates in extreme low-light conditions. The specific goals of this Phase I project include the acquisition of engineering samples of the VLPC detectors, the processing (thinning) of the detectors to enable rear illumination, and the characterization of the detectors and suitable readouts at cryogenic temperatures. These tasks will enable a proof-of-concept of the proposed camera, characterization of descriptive parameters of the camera detectors in actual operation, and evaluation of pragmatic tasks required to prepare the diode arrays for use in the camera. All of these issues are critical and must be satisfactorily addressed before advancing to construction of a manufacturable camera and testing of the actual camera in medical applications during the Phase II effort.

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