Thermopile Detector Radiation Hardened Readout

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CB20C
Agency Tracking Number: 095472
Amount: $599,938.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
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
DUNS: 621633296
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Gaalema
 Principal Investigator
 (719) 593-9501
 sgaalema@bfe.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Van Duyne
Title: Business Official
Phone: (719) 593-9501
Email: 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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