Nano-Based Broad-Band Photon Detector Array

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Na Lu
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Qing Hao
Associate Professor, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
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Robert Sleeper
Licensing Manager (520) 626-4604

Title: Suspended Nanostructure Network as a Broad-Band Photon detector Array


Invention: This invention is a thermoelectric photon detector technique that achieves high density of photon detectors. This technique also allows for the construction of a large array or high resolution thermoelectric broad-band (UV-IR) single photon detectors.


Background: With many studies and reports published regarding photon detectors, the majority of these sources focus on a single nanostructure or arrays with poor resolution/spacing. Although single nanostructures are often used for photon detectors, this invention allows for the creation of a large array of photon detectors through the use of distributed nano pilars, electrode pads, optimizing spacing between adjacent nanostructures.



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  • Optimizes spacing to achieve the highest spatial resolution
  • Eliminates heat leakage to substrate


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