Wafer-level Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) Micro-Camera

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-5009
Agency Tracking Number: D113-002-0047
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: SB113-002
Solicitation Number: 2011.3
Small Business Information
590 Territorial Drive, Suite H, Bolingbrook, IL, -
DUNS: 968903422
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Anton
 (630) 226-0080
Business Contact
 Christoph Grein
Title: Chief Scientific Officer
Phone: (630) 226-0086
Email: cgrein@episensors.us
Research Institution
This proposed effort focuses on the development of a short wave infrared (SWIR) micro-camera that is capable of identifying targets at ranges of 100 to 1000 meters with a 40 degree field of view, through a collaborative effort between the proposing small business Episensors, Inc. and BAE Systems. Innovative materials and device processing methods developed by the Episensors, Inc. team will allow high performance, low cost HgCdTe detectors to be employed to improve performance over conventional InGaAs detector-based systems while maintaining or reducing detector cost. By utilizing HgCdTe detectors, the camera system developed in this effort will be able to image from 0.8 & #61549;m to 2.5 & #61549;m, while InGaAs detectors are unable to image efficiently above 1.7 & #61549;m. This will allow the proposed system to collect additional signal from both blackbody thermal radiation and nightglow, which will improve the functionality of the camera system. Camera costs will further be reduced by utilizing innovative 3D component integration and wafer-scale optics manufacturing, with a targeted reduction in cost of 10x over traditional SWIR camera systems. These integration and manufacturing process will also allow for an unprecedented fully integrated camera system size of 20 cm3 to be achieved.

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