NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 S1.04-9017
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Sensor and Detector Technology for Visible, IR, Far IR and Submillimeter
PROPOSAL TITLE: Radiation Hardened Bolometer Linear Array

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Black Forest Engineering, LLC
P.O. Box 8059
Colorado Springs, CO 80933 - 8059
(719) 593-9501

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stephen Gaalema
P.O. Box 8059
Colorado Springs, CO 80933 - 8059
(719) 593-9501 Extension :100

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NASA has developed space-based thermal instrument spectrometers based on thermopile detectors linear arrays that are intrinsically radiation hard. Micro-bolometers are known to offer very high sensitivity due to high thermal isolation and low thermal mass however are at present inferior to thermopiles for space-based spectrometers. In order to achieve high performance in linear array spectrometer applications, bolometers need improvement in three areas: reduced 1/f noise, stable performance over a wide system temperature range, and improved radiation hardness. Black Forest Engineering on Phase I will design bolometer and readout circuitry for linear array spectrometer applications requiring high performance in a radiation environment while also addressing signal stability/calibration and other mission requirements. The predicted performance will be compared to thermopile arrays and recommendations made for a Phase II demonstration in one or more bands of the JEO Thermal Instrument or other NASA spectrometer applications. The bolometer spectrometer architecture will also offer monolithic construction on 200 mm diameter silicon wafers and reduced cross-scan pitch if desired to support higher spatial resolution and wider FOV applications.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Improved bolometer and readout to meet broadband infrared data collection in space. Specifically, a major application is the Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM). The Jupiter Europa Orbiter (JEO) is the NASA element of the EJSM. JEO will be built to withstand the intense radiation of the EJSM mission.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The chemical and biological defense community has the need for a small lightweight and low cost sensor for detection of chemical agents. Infrared absorption spectroscopy provides low concentration detection and identification of airborne chemicals. Low cost linear array spectrometers are needed to support these applications.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Detectors (see also Sensors)
Image Capture (Stills/Motion)
Ionizing Radiation
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)
Thermal Imaging (see also Testing & Evaluation)

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