PR Newswire: SiOnyx in collaboration with the Army Research Office (ARO), has successfully demonstrated pixel-scale detectors with room temperature Detectivity (D*) exceeding 1x10(14) Jones. This number basically says that the noise equivalent power is 1.0e-14 Watt for a detector having 1 sq. cm area and 1 Hz bandwidth.
At 1um wavelength the energy of photon is 1.24 eV or roughly 2e-19 Joules. So SiOnyx figure means that SNR=1 is achieved at about 50K photons/s flux in 1 sq. cm area detector at a speed limited by 1 Hz BW filter. Nice number.
This is said to represent a full 10x improvement over traditional silicon detectors. This paves the way for SiOnyx to participate in new sponsored research programs with the Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).