Photonic Antenna Enhanced Middle Wave and Longwave Infrared Focal Plane Array with Low Noise and High Operating Temperature

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$698,925.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX13CG44C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
110114
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
T4.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
181 Stedmen Street, Unit #2, Lowell, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
607557795
Principal Investigator:
JarrodVaillancourt
Principal Investigator
(978) 430-7128
jarrod.vaillancourt@appliednanofemto.com
Business Contact:
JarrodVaillancourt
Business Official
(978) 430-7128
jarrod.vaillancourt@appliednanofemto.com
Research Institute:
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Linda Concino
600 Suffolk Street, Second Floor
Lowell, MA, 01854-01854
() -

Abstract
Photodetectors and focal plane arrays (FPAs) covering the middle-wave and longwave infrared (MWIR/LWIR) are of great importance in numerous NASA applications, including earth remote sensing for carbon-based trace gases, Lidar mapping for earth resource locating, and environment and atmosphere monitoring. Existing MWIR/LWIR photodetectors have a low operating temperature of below 77K. The requirement for cryogenic cooling systems adds cost, weight and reliability issues, making it unsuitable for satellite remote sensing applications. This STTR project aims to develop a new plasmonic photonic antenna coupled MWIR/LWIR photodetector and FPA with significantly enhanced performance and a high operating temperature. In Phase I, we developed a preliminary plasmonic photonic antenna enhanced MWIR/LWIR photodetector and demonstrated significant enhancement in photodetectivity and operating temperature. Antenna directivity is also tested and agrees with the simulation. The phase I results not only demonstrated the feasibility of achieving high performance MWIR/LWIR photodetector using the proposed innovation, but also show its promising potentials for high operating temperature FPA development. Motivated by the successful feasibility demonstration and the promising potentials, in this STTR Phase II project, we will develop a prototype of the plasmonic photonic antenna enhanced MWIR/LWIR FPA with a high operating temperature and demonstrate its earth remote sensing capability.

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