SOLAR-BLIND GAN/ALN UV AND VUV SENSOR
Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2386 Vassar Drive, Boulder, CO, 80303
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Robert A. Rice
AbstractAstralux, Inc. will develolp a seminconductor sensor sensitive to bacuum ultraviolet photons. For this, we shall synthesize a wide bandgap semiconductor capable of forming a built-in electric field that will separate the photogenerated electron-hole pairs and produce a photovoltage in response to the incident UV. This sensor should have no response to light in the visible spectrum. In this project, new compounds will be synthesized that will respond in the 100-360 nm range. Doping of these materials will be investigated so that an optimized photovoltaic response can be obtained. Commercial applications include: monitoring sunspots and solar flares for space exploration, and monitoring chemical processes, furnaces, and reactor plumes.
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