ROIC for Hybrid, Coherent and Direct-Detect Flash Ladar Receivers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-09-C-7068
Agency Tracking Number: B08B-004-0099
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-T004
Solicitation Number: 2008.B
Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA, 93003
DUNS: 145925520
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Timothy Strand
 Principal Scientist
 (805) 642-4645
 tstrand@aeriusphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Jon Geske
Title: President
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Email: geske@aeriusphotonics.com
Research Institution
 University of Delaware
 Susan D Tompkins
 210 Hullihen Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE, 19716 1551
 (302) 831-8002
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Development efforts for hybrid Flash Ladar receivers are underway, however a common limitation is the lack of an appropriate Readout Integrated Circuit (ROIC) to amplify and condition the hybrid Flash Ladar signals. Though Flash Ladar ROICs exist for direct-detect mode and concepts are under development for coherent mode, due to the relative immaturity of the hybrid-mode approach, hybrid-mode ROICs do not, as yet, exist. Aerius proposes to address this ROIC deficiency with development of ROIC circuitry specifically aimed at hybrid-mode Flash Ladar detection. In particular, the ROIC will be designed to mate with Aerius’ Optical Preamplifier Pixel Array (OPPA)-based detector array, currently under development under a separate SBIR topic presently in Phase II. The OPPA approach enables near-photon counting sensitivity to both direct-detect and coherent detection modes and, when mated with an appropriate ROIC, provides a complete, integrated hybrid Flash Ladar receiver solution. In this Phase I effort, Aerius and our STTR partner will design and simulate a hybrid ROIC architecture and experientially verify the coherent and direct detection functions of the circuit with Aerius OPPA technology. In Phase II, a complete ROIC will be developed and integrated with Aerius OPPA for an integrated hybrid receiver solution.

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