NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 S4.05-9895
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Sensor and Detector Technology for UV, X-Ray, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Instruments
PROPOSAL TITLE:High-sensitivity semiconductor photocathodes for space-born UV photon-counting and imaging

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
SVT Assoc
7620 Executive Dr
Eden Prairie ,MN 55344 - 3677
(952) 934 - 2100

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Amir   Dabiran
dabiran@svta.com
7620 Executive Dr
Eden Prairie, MN  55344 -3677
(952) 934 - 2100

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Many UV photon-counting and imaging applications, including space-borne astronomy, missile tracking and guidance, UV spectroscopy for chemical/biological identification, and UV medical imaging, demand very high performance in detector sensitivity, speed, resolution, and background noise. This proposal is directed toward the development of innovative high-efficiency UV photocathodes based on the wide bandgap III-nitride semiconductors for reliable operation in space missions.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
High performance photon counting sensor systems are essentials part of the enabling technology for future space-borne astronomy as well as many civilian and military applications. The same technology can be used to fabricate high-brightness electron emitters for applications in maskless electron lithography, metrology, and solid-state lighting. Large-format UV imagers are in great demand for space science and military applications.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Detection of light in the ultraviolet (UV) range (wavelength < 400 nm) has a wide range of applications, both commercial and military, particularly in those areas where the UV component of light needs to be analyzed in the presence of large visible and/or infrared (IR) backgrounds. The proposed work can also result in the development of high-brightness electron emitters for applications in metrology and maskless electron lithography.

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
Optical
Photonics
Radiation-Hard/Resistant Electronics


Form Printed on 09-19-05 13:12