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FABRICATION OF MICRO-OPTICAL COMPONENTS BY SOL-GEL TECHNOLOGY

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
13308
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
13308
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
GELTECH, Inc.
3267 Progress Drive Orlando, FL 32826
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: FABRICATION OF MICRO-OPTICAL COMPONENTS BY SOL-GEL TECHNOLOGY
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,953.00
 

Abstract:

THE SOL-GEL PROCESS ALLOWS FOR THE PREPARATION OF POROUS, SILICA OPTICAL COMPONENTS, TERMED TYPE VI SILICA. A NOVEL POTENTIAL APPLICATION FOR TYPE VI SILICA IS PROPOSED IN WHICH THE POROUS MATRIX IS USED AS A SUBSTRATE FOR THE FABRICATION OF MICRO-OPTICAL COMPONENTS. THE POROUS NATURE OF THE MATERIAL ALLOWS LASER-ENHANCED DENSIFICATION FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PLANAR OPTICAL WAVEGUIDES AND MICRO-OPTICAL ARRAYS. INVESTIGATIONS ARE PROPOSED FOR THE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE TYPE VI SILICA WITH REGARD TO ITS MECHANICAL AND THERMAL STABILITY, ULTRASTRUCTURE, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES AS A FUNCTION OF TEMPERATURE OF DENSIFICATION. LASER-ENHANCED DENSIFICATION EXPERIMENTS ARE PROPOSED FOR THE FABRICATION OF SELECTED MIRCO-OPTICAL COMPONENTS. ALTERNATIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES OF MIRCO-OPTICAL COMPONENTS WILL BE INVESTIGATED AND COMPARED WITH RESPECT TO COST, EASE OF MANUFACTURE AND PERFORMANCE ADVANTAGE. ANTICIPATED BENEFITS/POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS - CONSIDERING THE EXPENSE, THE DIFFICULTY AND EVEN THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF MANUFACTURING MICRO-OPTICS, THIS RESEARCH PROGRAM REPRESENTS A REAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR THE FABRICATION OF MICRO-OPTICAL COMPONENTS - WHICH ARE THE FUTURE OF THE OPTIC AND OPTOELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES. KEY WORDS - MICRO-OPTICS, SOL-GEL, LASER, DENSIFICATION, WAVEGUIDE, LENS ARRAYS

Principal Investigator:

Dr Jean-luc Nogues
9044622358

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Geltech Inc
Box 18 - One Progressive Blvd Alachua, FL 32615

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No