Rad Hard Imaging Array with Picosecond Timing

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,998.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CM18P
Agency Tracking Number:
125723
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.07
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
LIGHTSPIN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
MD, Bethesda, MD, 20824-0198
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
089164565
Principal Investigator:
Eric Harmon
Principal Investigator
(508) 930-4198
harmon@lightspintech.com
Business Contact:
Jared Bowling
V.P. of Finance
(607) 725-5143
bowling@lightspintech.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
For a wide range of remote sensing applications, there is a critical need to develop imaging arrays that simultaneously achieve high spatial resolution, high sensitivity, and sub-nanosecond timing resolution. Many of these remote sensing applications furthermore are satellite and space based, where the imaging array also needs to be rad hard; particularly for the harsh radiation environments typically found on certain deep space missions, such as to the moons of Jupiter. LightSpin Technologies is developing a high performance solid-state cross-strip anode imaging single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) array technology using rad hard GaAs SPAD arrays. This approach promises substantial improvements in spatial resolution (<10 microns), timing resolution (<100 psec), and count rate (>10 Gcps). LightSpin has proven the concept provides excellent performance in small arrays (8 X 8 pixels) and developed a theoretical foundation enabling rapid scaling of the arrays to achieve Megapixel resolution at low cost.

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