High Operating Temperature (HOT) Short-Wave Infrared/Mid-Wave Infrared (SWIR/MWIR) Dual-band 2-channel and Broadband Detectors for Weapon Targeting and IR Seekers
Navy SBIR 2019.1 - Topic N191-039
ONR - Ms. Lore-Anne Ponirakis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 8, 2019 - Closes: February 6, 2019 (8:00 PM ET)
AREA(S): Electronics, Sensors, Weapons
PROGRAM: Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR)
technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in
Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and
import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive
technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts
730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use
of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or
work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for
accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with section 3.5 of the Announcement.
Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be
restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws.
To develop High Operating Temperature (HOT) infrared Broadband or Dual-Channel
(MWIR or SWIR/MWIR) detector technologies for targeting sights and weapon
New HOT MWIR and SWIR/MWIR [Ref 1] detector materials such as nBn, and
super-lattice detectors have raised the operating temperature for cooled
detectors (traditionally 77K) to points of 120K or above, reducing the cooling
requirement such that low power new Micro-Integrated Dewar Cooler Assemblies
(u-IDCA) can provide background limited performance in these images. These new
detectors are capable of running at high frame rates and providing broadband or
dual-band channel target phenomenology exploitations and their III-V
telecom-based wafer processing has reduced the potential cost structures of DoD
imager projects based on this new technology [Ref 2]. The nBn or SLS LWIR
infrared detectors have improved in recent years however these images still
have dark current levels requiring 77K higher power and larger SWAP coolers.
Additionally, the new small pixel pitch and large format of these new HOT
imagers can support smaller optics while still providing smaller Instantaneous
Field of View (iFOV) and better long-range target resolution capabilities.
I: Determine the feasibility of the proposed detector/seeker and develop a
design suitable for fabrication (e.g., capable of withstanding pyrotechnic
shock testing, preliminary salt water immersion, and transit drop testing per
MIL-STD 810). Identify critical components, such as detectors and Readout
Integrated Circuits (ROIC), that make up the system. Prioritize further
development of any identified component (i.e., HOT detector and its associated
ROIC. Conceptual designs shall be analyzed/modeled both optically and
radiometrically to identify the performance and limitations of the
technologies. Identify any assumptions or requirements regarding sensor/detector
configuration or any additional optics required for operation. Develop a Phase
II: Produce a system design and prototype based on the Phase I concepts.
Provide prototypes for laboratory and field testing by ONR at Naval Surface Warfare
Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). Update analysis and models to reflect design
improvement or changes from Phase I. Rough order of magnitude cost estimates
will be refined.
III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Support the Navy in transitioning the detector
technology for deployment to the warfighter. Development of the technologies
described above will have immediate application to weapons community and the
commercial surveillance sector. The technology should find ready applications
in laboratory applications.
Aitcheson, Leslie and Burkholder, Nathan. “Breaking Barriers to Collaboration.”
U.S. Army CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate. https://www.cerdec.army.mil/news_and_media/Breaking_Barriers_to_Collaboration/
Mason, W. “Low Cost Thermal Imaging – Manufacturing (LCTI-M).” DARPA. http://www.darpa.mil/program/low-cost-thermal-imager-manufacturing.aspx
Beystrum, T., Himoto, R., Jacksen, N., and Sutton, M. “Low Cost PbSalt FPA’s.”
SPIE, Vol 5406, 2004, p. 287. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.544177
Lutz, H., Breiter, R., Figgemeire, H., Schallenber, T., Shirmacher, W., and
Wollrab, R. “Improved High Operating Temperature MCT MWIR Modules.” Proc. SPIE
9070, Infrared Technology and Applications XL, 90701D. 24 June 2014; doi:
Schuster, J., Tennant, W. E., Bellotti, E., and Wijewarnasuriya, P. S.
“Analysis of the auger recombination rate in P+N-n-N-N HgCdTe detectors for hOT
applications:” Published in Proceedings Volume 9819: Infrared Technology and
Applications XLII, July 2016. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2224383
High Operating Temperature; HOT; Mid Wave Infrared; MWIR; Dual-channel Imager;