Integrated Device Cooling Based on Hot Electron Emission

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$0.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DAAH01-03-C-R109
Agency Tracking Number:
00SB2-0083
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Astralux, Inc.
2500 Central Ave., Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
940915358
Principal Investigator:
Randolph Treece
Vice President
(303) 413-1440
rtreece@astraluxinc.com
Business Contact:
Russell Farmer
Chief Financial Officer
(303) 427-1312
rfarmer@pbinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
"Astralux is developing a new approach to the active cooling of electronics that is intrinsically very efficient, low-volume and low cost. The electronic cooler is based on the Nottingham effect. In the Nottingham effect, cooling results from theextraction of "hot electrons", somewhat analogous to the common evaporative cooling process. Although the Nottingham cooling effect has been known for many years, it has previously worked only at high temperatures. This technology, based onlow-temperature thermionic emission of hot electrons, will lead to active, electronic micro-refrigerators with no moving parts that can be integrated directly onto transistor chips and circuit boards. One such application where the Astraluxelectronic-cooler may offer substantial advantage over other approaches is on-chip cooling of high-power transistors. Astralux will demonstrate a prototype cooler and integrate it with a transistor."

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