Low Light Level Solid State Sensors (HgCdTe)

Period of Performance: 02/02/1998 - 02/02/2000

$750K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Fermionics Corp.
4555 Runway St
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

In the Phase I program, we are producing 1.8 micron, l28x128 InGaAs hybrid focal plane arrays. Similar to the results obtained from the 1.78 micron HgCdTe hybrid focal plane arrays developed under a separate program, we expect to produce excellent imaging pictures from the InGaAs hybrids. For Phase II, we have established two program goals. The first is to produce a near infrared camera using a 256x256 InGaAs array hybridized to an analog readout multiplexer. The second is to produce digital near infrared hybrid focal plane arrays. Amain Electronics will be the subcontractor who will develop the digital readout multiplexers. For these two goals, both standard 1.7 micron and extended wavelength (1.8 micron or longer) InGaAs hybrid focal plane arrays will be produced. We have already identified five customers who are interested in the products which will be developed in the Phase II prograrn. We have also begun initial investment to develop special products for some of these customers. BENEFITS: The new FPAs will be the advanced version of current image intensifier for military applications. They will also find markets in paper processing, astronomy, spectroscopy, and medical studies. The FPAs may also be used in automobiles for collision avoidance and to provide warnings for hazardous road conditions.