Novel Acoustic Resonat Readout Technology For IR Imaging

Period of Performance: 05/16/2000 - 11/16/2000

$65K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Spinix Corp.
43-301 Buena Vista St.
Devens, MA 01432
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This proposal addresses the feasibility of a novel integrated sensor array for uncooled thermal imaging applications. The novel detection concept- resonating acoustic read-out detection technique proposed here will dramatically reduce the noise and increase the sensitivity of infrared photo detection. Most importantly, the detection electronics is thermally isolated from the infrared sensor electrode, therefore nearly eliminates the signal loss due to the thermal link. Success in the Phase I effort will demonstrates the validity of the concept and identify a viable fabrication route for the array which use advanced multifunctional materials. Applications of the developed sensors will have direct application to wide range of uncooled thermal imaging applications.