A Long-Wave Infrared Focal Plane Array with Ultra-high Sensitivity and Large Field-of-View

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-07-C-0075
Agency Tracking Number: F061-268-3371
Amount: $749,986.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-268
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
790 Turnpike At. Suite #202, North Andover, MA, 01845
DUNS: 607557795
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zhengmao Ye
 Chief Scientist
 (978) 794-5518
 gmc_afnt@yahoo.com
Business Contact
 Jing Chen
Title: President
Phone: (978) 794-5518
Email: Jing_chen_afnt@yahoo.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The SBIR Phase II proposal aims to develop a prototype of an ultra-sensitive long-wave infrared (LWIR) focal plane array (FPA) based on the Phase I feasibility investigation. LWIR FPA is of great importance in space object detection and tracking. Issues of existing HgCdTe (MCT) and InSb FPAs include: difficulties in material growth, non-uniformity, and cost. Quantum well infrared photodetectors (QWIP) typically have limited field-of-view (FOV) due to the polarization selection rule. We have proposed a novel LWIR FPA structure for ultra-high sensitivity and large FOV. In the Phase I research, we have demonstrated the feasibility of achieving the ultra-sensitive FPAs through numerical simulation, material growth, device fabrication and characterization. Motivated by the phase I feasibility investigation, in this SBIR Phase II program, we propose to develop a prototype of an 512x512 LWIR FPA and test the prototype on Air Force preferred platform. Market analysis, documentation and initial commercialization of the proposed innovation will also be performed in the Phase II program.

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