High Performance Nanopillar Optical Antenna Avalanche Detector Operating at 1.06um

Period of Performance: 09/19/2014 - 09/15/2016


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Illinois Applied Research Associates LLC
21W625 Huntington Rd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Principal Investigator


In this Phase II SBIR program, Illinois Applied Research Associates will design, manufacture, and test a 1.06 um optimized Linear Mode (LM) avalanche photodiode (APD) array. The array will be electrically and optically characterized and will be tested for environmental and application constraints for integration into terrestrial and space based applications. The ability to operate in linear mode is a significant advancement over Geiger mode APDs due to the reduced complexity and bias circuitry required to support those devices. Additionally, greatly reduced pixel pitch aids in enhancements to the image resolution. This proposed innovation improves on the development of compact, multi-spectral imagers. Approved for Public Release 14-MDA-7739 (18 March 14).