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Vision of KIND Lab

Infrared photonic detectors (2-20 microns) have been around for the past five decades. In this period, they have evolved from single pixel detectors (1st Generation: 60-70s), linear arrays (2nd Generation: 80-90s) to large format arrays (3rd Generation: 2000-present). The emphasis for 3rd generation imagers is on higher operating temperature (HOT), large format (4K x 4K) and multispectral imaging. Our research group is providing a vision for the fourth generation infrared imaging systems. Traditional systems require dispersive optics to get multi-spectral imaging. Our approach is based on a bio-inspired vision (Similar to human eye) in which individual pixels are able to capture spectral content, polarization information, dynamic range, and phase sensitivity. If this enhancement in hardware is coupled with the advanced algorithms, we can shorten the data to decision loop and develop invincible sensors. 

 

Capabilities:

With the nanoscale fabrication capabilities of the Nano Tech West, the technological resources of close collaborative ties, and a experienced research team, the Krishna INfrared Detector (KIND) group is working towards this goal. Our capabilities include molecular beam epitaxy III-V semiconductor growth, lithography (standard and nano-imprint), chip hybridization using flip-chip-bonding, various characterizations and much more. 

 

Goals:

  •  To investigate cutting edge technology of IR detector
  •  To commercialize novel IR detectors technology
  •  To train best graduate students to transcend their capabilities

 

Three Research Thrusts of KIND lab: