Improved High Speed and High Dynamic Range Photon Counting Sensors for Active Imaging

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$999,844.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0147-11-C-7751
Agency Tracking Number:
B2-1821
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA09-038
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Voxtel Inc.
12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 230, Beaverton, OR, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
124348652
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Huntington
Senior Engineer
(971) 223-5646
andrewh@voxtel-inc.com
Business Contact:
George Williams
President
(971) 223-5646
georgew@voxtel-inc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Voxtel proposes a high speed, asynchronous, photon counting receiver for active ranging by unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Sensitivity to single photons is desirable for a low size weight and power (SWAP) UAS-borne active ranging receiver because of the limited laser pulse energy that can be transmitted, and the limited optical aperture available for signal collection. High rate operation is another requirement for a UAS-borne active ranging receiver, because accumulation of multiple pulses on target in a short span of time will be required to deal with atmospheric distortion and to improve the signal-to-noise ratio in photon-starved conditions. Since the distant target in a ranging application will subtend just a few pixels, asynchronous readout of only the pixels that fire will lower the computational burden of range processing by sparsifying the data. The proposed receiver will employ Voxtel"s innovative single carrier multiplication (SCM) avalanche photodiode (APD) technology which can sense single photons in linear mode operation, and a custom readout integrated circuit (ROIC) that will stream detection events from the 88-format detector to a 64-channel time recorder/range processor implemented in a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) board.

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