NASA SBIR 2020-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
20-2- S1.04-6866
Phase 1 Contract #:
80NSSC20C0438
Subtopic Title:
Sensor and Detector Technologies for Visible, IR, Far-IR, and Submillimeter
Proposal Title:
INAS Detectors for Infrared Astronomy

Small Business Concern

   
Firm:
          
QmagiQ
          
   
Address:
          
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180, Nashua, NH 03063
          
   
Phone:
          
(603) 821-3092                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Principal Investigator:

   
Name:
          
Mani Sundaram
          
   
E-mail:
          
msundaram@qmagiq.com
          
   
Address:
          
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180, NH 03063 - 4219
          
   
Phone:
          
(603) 821-3092                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Business Official:

   
Name:
          
Mani Sundaram
          
   
E-mail:
          
msundaram@qmagiq.com
          
   
Address:
          
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180, NH 03063 - 4219
          
   
Phone:
          
(603) 821-3092                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Summary Details:

   
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
Begin: 2
End: 4
          
          
     
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

We propose InAs as a superior alternative to mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) for NASA's astronomy applications in the visible to extended shortwave infrared (eSWIR) spectral band: 0.7 - 2.5 microns. A key performance parameter, the dark current density, can be achieved by cooling the InAs 20K more than MCT with 2.3 micron cutoff. In return, the InAs will extend spectral coverage to 3.0 microns and offer higher yield, lower cost, and greater availability due to the leveraging of mature group III-V growth/process equipment. In Phase I, we demonstrated an InAs focal plane array (FPA) with spectral response from 450 nm to 3000 nm, quantum efficiency ~ 70% in this wide band, and a low dark current that dropped exponentially with cooling. In Phase II, we will further improve material quality, expand array format to 1Kx1K, and deliver a megapixel camera to NASA for evaluation for astronomy.

          
          
     
Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):
  1. Space- and ground-based infrared astronomy
  2. James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
  3. EUCLID
  4. Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST)
          
          
     
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):
  1. Hyperspectral imaging
  2. Product inspection in pharmaceutical and agricultural produce industries
  3. Crop inspection and development
  4. Target recognition and identification for DOD
          
          
     
Duration:     24
          
          

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