SiC-based electronics and sensors can operate in demanding conditions (including 600 °C = 1112 °F glowing red hot!) and where conventional silicon-based electronics cannot. Silicon carbide’s ability to function in high temperature, high power, and high radiation conditions will enable important performance enhancements to a wide variety of systems and applications. In particular, SiC’s high-temperature high-power capabilities offer economically significant benefits to aircraft, spacecraft, power, automotive, communications, and energy production industries.
SiC Research at NASA Glenn
To meet the needs of the applications mentioned above, the Smart Sensors and Electronics Systems Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center is making important advancements in SiC electronics technology. In particular, research is focused on developing improved crystal growth and sensor/electronic device processing technologies necessary to enable and beneficially infuse improved SiC sensor and electronic integrated circuit capability into both NASA missions and commercial applications.