UNCOOLED OR MINIMALLY COOLED INFRARED DETECTORS OF HIGHLY RELIABILITY AND ROBUSTNESS AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE

Agreement no. POIR.01.01.01-00-0389/15-00
Duration: 01/07/2015 – 31/03/2018
Overall budget: PLN 5,790,796.25
Eligible costs: PLN 5,790,796.25
Co-funding: PLN 3,824,046.56

Project co-funded by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund under sub-measure 1.1.1. of the Smart Growth Programme “Industrial and R&D work carried out by enterprises”, Fast Track Call.

The goal of the Project was the fabrication technology improvement for uncooled and minimally cooled (temp. range 300-190K) HgCdTe heterostructure photodetectors optimized for selective wavelengths in 2-16 µm range characterized by high reliability and robustness against environmental exposure. We developed new passivation and hermitization methods, improved the processing and assembly technologies, as well as investigated phenomena present in detectors and modules under various environmental exposures, established degradation mechanisms and found methods of minimizing or eliminating them by employing superior technological procedures. The new products are based both on previously produced detectors, which have been significantly improved and on completely new designs, such as 32 detector element line, 12 element two color line and an integrated module. Detectors and modules meet the requirements of optoelectronic devices for critical applications defined by the US and the EU (MIL, NASA, ESA) norms.