CMR Oxides Based Microbolometer Focal Plane Array with Reduced 1/f Noise

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,916.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-09-C-0137
Agency Tracking Number:
A09A-014-0317
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09A-T014
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Small Business Information
Agiltron Corporation
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
King Wang
VP of Material Technologies
(781) 935-1200
kwang@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Rachel Carnes
Manager Assistant
(781) 935-1200
rcarnes@agiltron.com
Research Institution:
Los Alamos National Security
Robert C Dye
Los Alamos National Laboratory
PO Box 1663
Los Alamos, NM, 87545
(505) 667-3404
Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
We propose to realize a new class of microbolometer FPA technology with significantly reduced 1/f noise by replacing the sensing material (e.g. VOx) with colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) oxides. The program uniquely combines Agiltron’s experience in novel IR imager development and leading academic research on CMR at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). The LANL Team has developed a breakthrough processing technique for CMR film deposition. Agiltron will further advance LANL’s CMR film fabrication techniques to reduce maximum processing temperatures, allowing formation of microbolometers on top of CMOS circuitry as practiced in current technology. We anticipate reducing the NETD of state of the art bolometers from 29 mK to 12 mK. In Phase I, the feasibility of the proposed approach will be demonstrated through developing a CMOS compatible fabrication process of CMR oxides. Microbolometer modeling, design and fabrication will be also performed. Functional microbolometers based on CMR oxides and a performance comparison with state of the art devices can be expected at the end of the program.

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