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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Infrared Detectors

Location

Sensors Directorate, RY/Sensors Division

RO# Location
13.35.01.C0312 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542

Advisers

name email phone
Charles Reyner charles.reyner.1@us.af.mil 937.713.8358

Description

Remote sensing and quantum photonics require sensitive photodetectors. The ultimate limit for these sensors is single photon detection, preferably at high operating temperatures, high bandwidth, and high dynamic range. We are pursuing next generation avalanche photodiode (APD) research for focal plane arrays that can meet these goals at wavelengths beyond standard silicon and InGaAs/InP cut-off wavelengths. Of particular interest are material systems that can provide either low noise linear mode or Geiger mode operation in large array formats beyond 2 microns. We are currently exploring multiple architectures in the GaSb and InAs material systems, as well as novel readout integrated circuit designs that would facilitate large array formats.

Interest areas include device design, device simulation, device fabrication, material characterization, and device testing. We maintain numerous software licenses to facilitate this work (e.g. Sentaurus, NRL MultiBands, Lumerical, Cadence) as well as state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization facilities.

References

[1] Craig, A.P., et al., Excess noise in GaAs and AlGaAs avalanche photodiodes with GaSb absorption regions—composite structures grown using interfacial misfit arrays. Applied Physics Letters, 2014. 104(21): p. 213502-4.

[2] Yuan, Y., et al., AlInAsSb Impact Ionization Coefficients. IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 2019. 31(4): p. 315-318.

Keywords:
Focal plane array; infrared detector; photodetector; molecular beam epitaxy; single photon detector; readout integrated circuit; avalanche photodiode; MBE; ROIC; APD

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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