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Detector Systems Branch (Code 553)

Detector Packaging and Assembly

Detector Packaging and Assembly

Mission

The Detector Systems Branch builds a wide range of products from single custom detectors to entire instruments for NASA, other government agencies, universities, and industry. These detectors span the entire electromagnetic spectrum from the millimeter to cosmic rays. In addition, the Branch fabricates and tests particle detectors, Micro-Electro-Mechanical- Systems (MEMS), and Nanotechnology components. The Branch’s detectors can be found on NASA's spacecraft, aircraft, balloons, and rockets, as well as on Earth-based telescopes. Some of the key facilities within the Branch include the following.

Detector Development Laboratory (DDL): The DDL is a microelectronics fabrication facility dedicated to the development of advanced detectors, MEMS, nanotechnology, circuits, and components for NASA's missions. The laboratory is built around a 4,800 square foot Class 10/100 clean room housing an extensive array of semiconductor processing equipment to perform full-scale custom wafer fabrication.

Detector Characterization Laboratory (DCL): The DCL is a facility for the complete optical and electrical characterization of large format detector arrays operating in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared spectrums. The laboratory consists of several laboratories including clean rooms (Class 100 and 10,000) for testing contamination sensitive detectors and subsystems.

Superconducting Detector Test Facility: The purpose of the facility is to develop and test superconducting (and other cryogenic) detectors operating at temperatures <1 Kelvin. Dilution and 3He refrigerators provide access to ultra-low temperatures. Sensitive instrumentation allows measurements of detector material properties and functional performance at frequencies ranging from direct current to microwave.

MEMS and Nanotechnology Facilities: The MEMS and Nanotechnology facilities provide design, analysis, fabrication, micro-assembly, and test laboratory support for an array of MEMS and Nanotechnology components and systems. Design capabilities are comprised of various sub-micron layout and analysis software packages, while device fabrication is done utilizing the DDL processing facility. A number of specialized clean room laboratories within the Branch provide micro-assembly, testing, and packaging capabilities.

Detector Development Laboratory (DDL)

Detector Development Laboratory (DDL)

 

 

Branch Management Team

David Franz Lantrang Nguyen Kevin Denis Manuel Balvin

David Franz
Head

Lantrang Nguyen
Associate Head
Kevin Denis
Associate Head
Manuel Balvin
Associate Head
Kyle Gregory      
Kyle Gregory
Associate Head

 

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