NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 S1.04-9763
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Sensor and Detector Technology for Visible, IR, Far IR and Submillimeter
PROPOSAL TITLE: A Low Noise 64x64 Germanium Array for Far IR Astronomy

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
TechnoScience Corporation
P.O. Box 60658
Palo Alto, CA 94306 - 0658
(650) 838-9833

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jam Farhoomand
jam.farhoomand@nasa.gov
P.O. Box 60658
Palo Alto, CA 94306 - 0658
(650) 838-9833

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 to investigate the feasibility of developing a 64x64 far infrared germanium focal-plane array with the following key design features:

1- Four top-illuminated, 32x32 germanium sub-arrays will be tiled together to form a 64x64 mosaic array. Germanium offers very low noise and proven performance in the 50-140?m range.
2- The array will use four SB349 CTIA readout multiplexers which are manufactured using advanced cryo-CMOS process. The unit-cell design is optimized for far IR detectors, eliminates detector debiasing, and improves pixel uniformity. The readout is operational down to at least 1.6K.

3- A novel, layered-hybrid design using planar bump-bond technology will be employed to assemble the focal plane. This integrated design offers superior noise performance and effectively addresses the readout glow, detector heating, and thermal mismatch between the detector and the readout. In addition to the large format, this is the key discriminator of this project.

This is by far the largest far IR photodetecor array produced with projected sensitivity of ≤ 1x10E-18 W/√Hz. This effort fits well within the scope of the SBIR Subtopic S4.01 and will be a benefit to advanced instrumentation of NASA?s astronomical missions, in particular SOFIA.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Far-infrared astronomical instruments on board SOFIA, balloon experiments, and any follow-on missions to Spitzer and Herschel such as SAFIR/CALISTO.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Far-infrared astronomical instruments on board SPICA, a japanese-led, JAXA-ESA joint mission scheduled to launch in 2017.

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)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)


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