NASA Spinoff Database: Advanced Sensors Boost Optical Communication, Imaging

NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Public Release Year: 2009
Reference Number: JPL-SO-172
Category: Industrial Productivity/Manufacturing Technology
Origin: NASA SBIR funding for free space laser communications technologies

Brooklyn, New York-based Amplification Technologies Inc. (ATI) employed SBIR funding from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to forward the company's solid-state photomultiplier technology. Under the SBIRs, ATI developed a small, energy-efficient, extremely high-gain sensor capable of detecting light down to single photons in the near infrared wavelength range. The company has commercialized this technology in the form of its NIRDAPD photomultiplier, ideal for use in free space optical communications, lidar and ladar, night vision goggles, and other light sensing applications.

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Page Number in Published book: 126
Manufacturer: Amplification Technologies Inc.

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