Metasurface Enhanced Solar Blind Ultraviolet Photodetector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-13-C-0201
Agency Tracking Number: A13A-002-0323
Amount: $149,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: A13A-T002
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Small Business Information
419 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, -
DUNS: 145785528
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Crouse
 Associate Professor
 (646) 334-7764
Business Contact
 Nicole Avallone
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (718) 484-7033
Research Institution
 City College, CUNY
 Adam Greenberg
 Convent Avenue at 138th Street
Shepard Hall, Room 16
New York, NY, 10031-
 (212) 650-7904
 Nonprofit college or university
This project will develop plasmonic films that perform the dual functions of optical filtering and electrical conduction for solar-blind ultraviolet radiation (UV) detectors. Two types of plasmonic structures will be investigated, namely nano-hole arrays in an aluminum film atop UV radiation detecting semiconductors. These two similar plasmonic structures support different types of surface plasmons in the UV spectral range, namely localized or non-localized surface plasmons. The films will block visible and infrared light and allow UV light to be transmitted to any UV detecting substrate, and the film will then conduct the photo-generated electrical current. The benefit of a single layer structure that performs both optical filtering and electrical conduction is that it allows for lower cost, more robust, lighter weight solar-blind UV detectors that can be designed to address numerous UV sensing markets and applications. The structures will be designed towards eventual use in the detection of missile plumes, and the large commercial markets of water and food purification systems, and flame sensors. In Phase I, the plasmonic structures will be designed and modeled, fabricated and tested. The project team includes Phoebus Optoelectronics, the National Science Foundation's Center for Metamaterials at the City University of New York, and Raytheon.

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