MEMS based thermopile infrared detector array for chemical and biological sensing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-11-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number:
A10A-004-0159
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10A-T004
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
New Jersey Microsystems, Inc.
211 Warren Street, Suite 215, Newark, NJ, 07103
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
015141455
Principal Investigator:
Bill Carr
CEO
(973) 297-1450
carr@jerseymicro.com
Business Contact:
Bill Carr
CEO
(973) 297-1450
carr@jerseymicro.com
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
Abstract
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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