Innovative Concepts for Next Generation Infrared Detector Arrays for Missile Defense

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-06-C-7401
Agency Tracking Number: 053-0386
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-009
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite #130, Littleton, CO, 80127
DUNS: 148034408
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Campbell
 Senior Research Scientist
 (303) 792-5615
Business Contact
 Clifton Brown, Jr.
Title: President
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Research Institution
ADA Technologies proposes to develop advanced quality semiconductor substrates to address the needs of the Missile Defense Agency for research and development of innovative ideas leading to the development of a new class of sensitive infrared Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs) suitable for missile defense sensors and commercialization. Since GaSb substrates are prone to defect migration and elemental diffusion into the epitaxial layers, traditional GaSb wafers can reduce detectivity of type-II heterostructure layers InGaSb/InAs and thus impede fabrication of high quality FPAs. The proposed research will study a new class of substrate materials as a replacement for GaSb. New materials will be designed during bulk crystal growth to eliminate defect migration and contain elemental diffusion relative to epitaxial growth of the critical detection layers. In collaboration with an industrial world leader in IR detector device fabrication, the program will accelerate commercialization of the novel substrate material. By providing this new substrate material to the MDA, it will become feasible to detect, track, and discriminate future threats to our national security.

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