NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 S4.05-9707
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Sensor and Detector Technology for UV, X-Ray, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Instruments
PROPOSAL TITLE:Fast readout for large area photon-counting infrared detectors

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
APEAK INC.
63 Albert Rd.
Newton ,MA 02466 - 1302
(617) 964 - 1709

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stefan   Vasile
svasile@apeakinc.com
63 Albert Rd.
Newton, MA  02466 -1302
(617) 964 - 1788

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Many NASA space and Earth programs in the infrared range 1060-1550 nm are limited by the detector performance that require long exposure time due to their low sensitivity and/or high noise. Efficient, single-photon counting in the infrared providing short exposure time and large area for increased photon utilization at the output aperture of the optical system would enhance the quality of observations in traditional applications such as lidar, imaging, optical communications, and space observations.

We propose to develop readout circuits of infrared photon-counting detectors that will enable large-area detectors with extremely short integration time, will decrease their noise by one order of magnitude as compared to conventional detectors, and will result in higher detection efficiency for single-photons from 1064 to 1550 nm.

In Phase 1 we will develop readout integrated circuits (ROIC) and demonstrate the performance enhancement of infrared photon counting detectors. Phase 2 will integrate the detectors and ROICs into a single package to result in large arrays with three-dimensional imaging capability.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
LADAR, LIDAR, planetary mapping, obstacle detection, 3d remote robotics, docking.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Night vision and three-dimensional imaging for surveillance, anti-collision devices, unmanned vehicles.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Airport Infrastructure and Safety
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Highly-Reconfigurable
Manipulation
Optical
Optical & Photonic Materials
Photonics
Semi-Conductors/Solid State Device Materials
Telemetry, Tracking and Control


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