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Commercialization of quantum well infrared photodetector QWIP focal plane arrays
Author(s): Carl A. Kukkonen; Sarath D. Gunapala; Sumith V. Bandara; John K. Liu; Jorge Llorens
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Paper Abstract

Many commercial and government applications need high performance, large format, long-wavelength IR (LWIR) detector arrays in the range of 6-20 micrometers . NASA and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) have devoted a significant effort to develop highly sensitive IR detectors and large format focal plane arrays (FPAs) based on novel, 'artificial' low effective band-gap semiconductor material system such as GaAs/AlGaAs. Caltech's JPL under contract form NASA and BMDO has extensively pursued GaAs/AlGaAs based multi-quantum wells for IR radiation detection. Optimization of the detector design, light coupling schemes, large format focal plane array fabrication and packaging have culminated in the realization of portable IR cameras with a mid-format FPA of QWIP detectors and the demonstration of a TV format QWIP camera. QWIP Technologies under an agreement with Caltech is manufacturing the QWIP-Chip, a 320 X 256 element FPA, which will be available in the summer of 1999. In this paper we discuss the advantages of MQW technology and our experience in the commercialization of QWIP FPAs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3698, Infrared Technology and Applications XXV, (26 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354571
Show Author Affiliations
Carl A. Kukkonen, QWIP Technologies (United States)
Sarath D. Gunapala, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sumith V. Bandara, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John K. Liu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jorge Llorens, QWIP Technologies (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3698:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXV
Bjorn F. Andresen; Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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