Fault Tolerant Mid-Wave Infrared (MWIR) Detector

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-11-M-5142
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F103-144-2307
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF103-144
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
240 W. Elmwood Dr., Suite 2010, Dayton, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
141943030
Principal Investigator:
Todd Grimes
Project Manager
(937) 433-2886
TGrimes@RNET-Tech.com
Business Contact:
V. Nagarajan
President
(937) 433-2886
VNagarajan@RNET-Tech.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
RNET Technologies and L3 Communications Cincinnati Electronics (L-3 CE) are responding to the Air Force SBIR topic"AF103-144: Fault Tolerant Mid-Wave Infrared (MWIR) Detector". It is well recognized that operational optical sensor systems are susceptible to unfriendly laser sources that can seriously damage or even render a FPA useless through heating and ionization. The Air Force is interested in new laser hardening methods to bring another layer of protection beyond the standard materials-based solution for the detector array. More recently, the focus has been on readout integrated circuit (ROIC). Our Collaborator, L-3 CE has demonstrated some advanced techniques to laser harden the ROIC, including current limiters at the column level, circuit redundancy, and the addition of top metal layers. As a result, they have been able to fabricate FPAs that are immune to laser kill. However, there are certain areas where improvements can be made and this proposal describes solutions to address these problems. In Phase I, we will perform schematic designs of the required circuits, conduct simulations, and verify performance. Physical layouts of the verified circuits will be conducted and fabricated using a mature process with cryogenic models, resulting in a small format ROIC. BENEFIT: The technology developed in this SBIR is intended for DoD applications. L3 Communications Cincinnati Electronics (L-3 CE), a DoD Prime Contractor, are the users of this technology and hence we will transition this technology to them.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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