NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 S1.04-8604
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Sensor and Detector Technology for Visible, IR, Far IR and Submillimeter
PROPOSAL TITLE: High Temperature and High QE Broadband Longwave Infrared SLS FPA for LANDSAT

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180
Nashua, NH 03063 - 4219
(603) 821-3092

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mani Sundaram
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180
Nashua, NH 03063 - 4219
(603) 821-3092 Extension :200

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

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
We propose a high-performance broadband infrared focal plane array (FPA) for the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) on NASA's LANDSAT satellite. The FPA will feature a cutoff wavelength of 13 microns, operate at > 55K, have a format of 640x512, quantum efficiency > 30%, and will be realized using Type-II InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattice (SLS) photodiodes. In Phase I we will develop the basic diode with extended cutoff wavelength and pixel passivation improved in order to support high temperature operation. Phase II will optimize design, material, and process to develop and deliver FPAs to NASA-GSFC for evaluation. The relatively high operating temperature promised by SLS is expected to be of particular benefit to LANDSAT.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
1) NASA's LANDSAT Data Continuity Mission - Thermal Infrared Sensor (LDCM-TIRS).
2) NASA's HyspIRI Mission - Multispectral thermal infrared (TIR) imager.
3) Space- and ground-based astronomy and astrophysics.
4) Chemical/spectral mapping of forests, vegetation, crops, and landmasses.
5) Temperature mapping of oceans and landmasses.
6) Atmospheric mapping.
7) Pollution monitoring.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
1) Gas imaging(e.g. for the petrochemical industry).
2) Security and surveillance.
3) Thermography.
4) Medical imaging.

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.)
Detectors (see also Sensors)

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