NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S1.03-7569
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Sensor and Detector Technology for Visible, IR, Far IR and Submillimeter
PROPOSAL TITLE: High-Temperature Superconducting Thin Films for IR Detectors

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
STAR Cryoelectronics, LLC
25-A Bisbee Court
Santa Fe, NM 87508 - 1338
(505) 424-6454

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robin Cantor
rcantor@starcryo.com
25-A Bisbee Court
Santa Fe, NM 87508 - 1338
(505) 424-6454

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robin Cantor
rcantor@starcryo.com
25-A Bisbee Court
Santa Fe, NM 87508 - 1338
(505) 424-6454 Extension :101

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Sensor and Detector Technology for Visible, IR, Far IR and Submillimeter is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The development of the microwave kinetic inductance detector (MKID) has renewed interest in bolometric infrared detectors based on thin films of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) high temperature superconductor (HTS). A compelling advantage of HTS bolometers is that they can be operated at temperatures of around 50 K, which significantly reduces the complexity of the cooling requirements.
To be viable for large-scale production of HTS bolometer detector arrays, high-quality, thin YBCO films are required on large-area Si wafers for increased throughput and to fabricate the membrane structures that support the YBCO bolometers. YBCO deposition on Si requires optimized MgO buffer layers deposited using ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD). Currently there is no domestic commercial source for YBCO films. In Phase I, we propose to improve the uniformity of currently available YBCO films on Si, and to design an innovative reactive co-evaporation system for the deposition of high-quality films of YBCO on large-area substrates that will be built and commissioned in Phase II.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The availability of a domestic commercial source of high-quality YBCO films will support current NASA research projects on the development of HTS bolometric infrared detectors, and future NASA missions requiring infrared imaging spectrometers with focal plane arrays of these detectors for planetary science or for earth observing satellites.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Potential non-NASA commercial applications for YBCO films include electronic components such as Josephson junction devices and SQUIDs for applications in biomedical imaging, geophysical exploration and basic research, and directional antennas for homeland security 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.)
Infrared

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