CMR Oxides Based Microbolometer Focal Plane Array with Reduced 1/f Noise

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$749,903.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-10-C-0117
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4111
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09A-T014
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
KingWang
VP Material Technologies
(781) 935-1200
kwang@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
AmandaContardo
Administrative Assistant
(781) 935-1200
acontardo@Agiltron.com
Research Institute:
Los Alamos National Lab
Robert C Dye
P.O. Box 1663
Los Alamos, NM, 87545-
(505) 667-3404

Abstract
We propose to realize a new class of microbolometer FPA technology with significantly reduced 1/f noise by replacing the sensing material (e.g. VOx) with colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) oxides. The program uniquely combines Agiltron"s experience in novel IR imager development and leading academic research on CMR at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). The LANL Team has developed breakthrough processing technique for CMR film deposition. Agiltron will further advance LANL"s CMR film fabrication techniques and develop a film transfer technology, allowing formation of microbolometers on top of CMOS circuitry as practiced in current technology. We anticipate reducing the NETD of state of the art bolometers based on VOx and amorphous silicon from 29 mK to 12 mK. Functional microbolometers based on CMR oxides and a performance comparison with state of the art devices will be produced in Phase II.

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