MEMS based thermopile infrared detector array for chemical and biological sensing

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