Micromachined Probes for Measurement and Characterization of Terahertz Materials and Devices

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-13-C-0010
Agency Tracking Number: A12A-022-0233
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12a-T022
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
Dominion Microprobes Inc.
1027 Stonewood Dr., Charlottesville, VA, -
DUNS: 078365518
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Weikle
 Chief Technology Officer
 (434) 996-0102
 weikle@dmprobes.com
Business Contact
 Scott Barker
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (434) 962-8221
Email: barker@dmprobes.com
Research Institution
 University of Virginia
 Gerald Kane
 1001 North Emmet St
PO Box 400195
Charlottesville, VA, 22904-3096
 (434) 924-4270
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The objective of this program is to investigate, develop, and bring to market a robust and reliable probe technology that permits direct, in-situ measurement of devices and materials at frequencies up to 1 THz. Although such measurement capability currently does not exist, it is widely recognized as a critical need for the future development of terahertz devices. Recent advances in silicon micromachining technology at the University of Virginia have resulted in direct-contact on-wafer probes operating to 750 GHz and it is anticipated that this approach is scalable to terahertz frequencies and beyond. Dominion MicroProbes, Inc. is a small business founded by researchers from the University of Virginia working on terahertz technology and is focused on the development application, and commercialization of this micromachined probe technology. Consequently, the primary technical aims of this phase 1 STTR program are (1) to demonstrate the capacity of micromachined direct-contact probes to be extended to terahertz frequencies (2) to exploit the flexibility afforded by micromachining fabrication technology to design robust probe architectures that are suitable for non-standard media and devices, and (3) to generate designs and performance assessments of micromachined probes operating up to 1 THz.

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