SOLAR-BLIND GAN/ALN UV AND VUV SENSOR

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$59,995.00
Award Year:
1994
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
25611
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Astralux
2386 Vassar Drive, Boulder, CO, 80303
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Robert A. Rice
(303) 492-7467
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Astralux, 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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