Thermopile Detector Radiation Hardened Readout

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,938.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CB20C
Agency Tracking Number:
095472
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.09
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Black Forest Engineering, LLC
CO, Colorado Springs, CO, 80924-7002
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
621633296
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Gaalema
Principal Investigator
(719) 593-9501
sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact:
Stephen Van Duyne
Business Official
(719) 593-9501
svanduyne@bfe.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The NASA Jupiter Europa Orbiter (JEO) conceptual payload contains a thermal instrument with six different spectral bands ranging from 8µm to 100ìm. The thermal instrument is based on multiple linear arrays of thermopile detectors that are intrinsically radiation hard; however, the thermopile CMOS readout needs to be hardened to tolerate the radiation sources of the JEO mission. Black Forest Engineering (BFE) is developing a thermopile readout to tolerate the JEO mission radiation sources. On Phase II, BFE will test new circuitry for radiation hardness, complete the design of a 1x128 thermopile readout integrated circuit (ROIC) and fabricate the ROIC using 180 nm CMOS technology. The Phase II ROIC also includes on-chip 16-bit analog-to-digital conversion and serial digital output for system noise immunity. The Phase II ROIC will be characterized to meet the JEO thermal instrument requirement.

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