Rad Hard Imaging Array with Picosecond Timing

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