"Night Glow"Short Wave Infrared LED (NSLED) Image Projector Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-13-M-0171
Agency Tracking Number: F131-098-1555
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-098
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
12 Longacre Court, Hockessin, DE, -
DUNS: 791457802
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rodney McGee
 Research Scientist
 (302) 542-6548
Business Contact
 Fouad Kiamilev
Title: Research Scientist
Phone: (302) 494-6220
Email: kiamilev@chipdesignsystems.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: This project aims to develop a Short Wave Infrared band image projector to provide real time detector stimulation with high dynamic range. Our emitter technology is based on GaInAsSb quaternary semiconductor LED arrays hybridized to CMOS read-in integrated circuits. This project leverages read-in circuit design and control electronics that were developed under SLEDS - a longer wavelength projector program. By leveraging existing system components, we aim to increase the likelihood of project success, reduce program cost, and ensure compatibility with existing systems. Phase 1 effort will focus on fabrication and characterization of emitter devices and design study of read-in circuits and control electronics. BENEFIT: The commercial application of this program is the development of an SWIR image projector with unprecedented resolution capable of testing a wide variety of high-resolution SWIR detector arrays. These detectors are currently too large to be tested using existing SWIR image projectors. In addition to their military application, SWIR detectors are useful for inspection of continuous processes such as high temperature manufacturing processes, plastics recycling of automotive and consumer products, agricultural raw material cleaning and sorting, and a growing biological imaging technique, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography.

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