Close

Search

Search Menu
Photonics Media Photonics Buyers' Guide Photonics EDU Photonics Spectra BioPhotonics EuroPhotonics Industrial Photonics Photonics Showcase Photonics ProdSpec Photonics Handbook
More News
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
2016 Photonics Buyers' Guide Clearance! – Use Coupon Code FC16 to save 60%!
share
Email Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Comments

Intevac Receives SBIR Phase II Award

Photonics Spectra
Dec 2007
NASA recently announced contract awards in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which selected 120 projects that will receive a combined total of $72 million. One of the recipients, Intevac Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., received an award of just over a half-million dollars for the further development of a near-infrared photon-counting camera for high-sensitivity astronomical observation.

The sensor is of interest to NASA because it’s used to probe dark energy, which is the objective of the 2011 launch of the Joint Dark Energy Mission sponsored by NASA and the US Department of Energy. The camera’s sensor can capture high-resolution spectral signatures in the wavelength range of 0.9 to 1.7 μm that come from very faint extrasolar targets and events.

According to Leslie M. Tack, director of business development at Intevac, NASA was the first customer for the original camera. After being granted a Phase I award, the company produced a model and, in Phase II, it will improve the performance of the sensor by reducing the noise floor, making it more applicable for probing deep space. The objective is to determine the best epitaxial design for maximum quantum efficiency and reduced dark current.


Comments
Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy About Us Contact Us
back to top

Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn YouTube RSS
©2016 Photonics Media
x Subscribe to Photonics Spectra magazine - FREE!