MEMS based thermopile infrared detector array for chemical and biological sensing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-004-0159
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T004
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
211 Warren Street, Suite 215, Newark, NJ, 07103
DUNS: 015141455
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bill Carr
 (973) 297-1450
Business Contact
 Bill Carr
Title: CEO
Phone: (973) 297-1450
Research Institution
 North Carolina State University
 John Chaffee
 2701 sullivan Drive Suite 240
Campus Box 7514
Raleigh, NC, 27695
 (919) 515-2444
 Nonprofit college or university
New Jersey Microsystems proposes to develop an economical thermopile array with sensitivity maximum in the long wave infrared region (LWIR). Current infrared detectors are too expensive to be widely deployed in large numbers. The proposed MEMS technology is simpler, more manufacturable, and therefore less expensive than bolometer and ferroelectric devices with competitive D* sensitivity. The thermopile array is optimized with a detection time constant of 35 milliseconds or less permitting fast-scan response to airborne contaminates. The NJM device continues our R&D work developing highly sensitive infrared MEMS sensors and imagers. The target sensitivity level D* of 1 x 10^8 Jones for each pixel of the thermopile array is consistent with earlier MEMS infrared imaging projects at NJM producing an NETD of 10 millidegK. Based on experience gained with previous LWIR developments, the NJM team is proposing an important technology step forward beyond that developed for far infrared sensors at NJM in the past.

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