NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 20-1- S1.04-5669
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Sensor and Detector Technologies for Visible, IR, Far-IR, and Submillimeter
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Development of High Sensitivity, TE-Cooled 2 Micron Wavelength LIDAR Receiver
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
3D-SensIR, Inc
25762 Hawthorne Place
Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381
(661) 645-1624

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Dr. Ping Yuan
E-mail:
ping@3d-sensir.com
Address:
25762 Hawthorne Place Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381 - 1451
Phone:
(805) 813-7401

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Dr. Rengarajan Sudharsanan
E-mail:
sudhan@3d-sensir.com
Address:
25762 Hawthorne Place Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381 - 1451
Phone:
(661) 645-1624
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Current high - performance LIDAR systems are bulky, high power to operate, and expensive. Miniaturization of these LIDAR systems is one of the very important strategies of NASA.  For long-range satellite based remote sensing high performance LIDAR receiver modules are needed since the signal level is very weak and single photon sensitivity is needed for these applications. Currently, liquid nitrogen cooled LIDAR receivers are planned for these missions and miniaturization of LADAR receiver modules is not critical for these applications. However, LIDAR instruments need to be miniaturized for CubeSats, smallSats, and UAV platforms where power budget and volume are limited. Furthermore, CubeSats are low-cost mission platforms and low-cost LIDAR systems are necessary.

The major objective of this proposal is to design and demonstrate a low cost and SWAP high performance LIDAR receiver operating in the SWIR bands for CubeSats, SmallSats, and UAV platforms. We propose to demonstrate a high sensitivity, GHz bandwidth TE-cooled LIDAR receiver  operating at 1.5 µm and at 2 µm wavelengths using low-noise digital alloy AlInAsSb avalanche photodiode detectors.

In Phase I we propose to demonstrate the technical feasibility of a 2-µm wavelength AlInAsSb digital alloy APD and its receiver up to 5 GHz. In Phase II, we will design and demonstrate an array LIDAR receiver with the NEP < 50 fw/rHz at GHz bandwidth at TE-cooled temperatures.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

High Sensitivity low cost and SWAP LIDAR receivers will have the following NASA applications, topology and terrain mapping, surface compositional mapping, atmospheric studies, and trace gases detection, exploration of planets surfaces and characterization, and landing navigation and hazard avoidance, sense and avoidance for UAVs and future autonomous urban mobility aircraft and UAV based target imaging.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

High Sensitivity LIDAR Receivers will serve DOD applications such as target identification, 3D imaging of objects in space, military autonomous vehicles navigation, and commercial applications include UAV LIDAR mapping, and autonomous navigation.

Duration: 6

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