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High-current Field Emitter Arrays for Directed Energy Weapons

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
78124
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F064-018-0279
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Innovative Scientific Solutions, Inc.
2766 Indian Ripple Road Dayton, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: High-current Field Emitter Arrays for Directed Energy Weapons
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-08-C-0028
Award Amount: $749,960.00
 

Abstract:

Field-emission electron-emitting arrays hold promise for use in high current-density electron-beam devices as replacement for power consuming thermionic emitters. Large field-emitter arrays, however, are limited in total current due to non-uniformity and resulting instability problems. As a solution to these problems current-limiting devices, such as a field-effect transistor (FET) for each emitter site were considered in the Phase I program. The results have shown the feasibility of this approach, including the demonstration of significant total currents from uncontrolled emitters, and development of a fabrication scheme extendable to arrays of 1 cm2 area for an expected total controlled current of 1 A. ISSI, in cooperation with the University of Southern California (USC), proposes to further develop, fabricate and test, both experimentally and by modeling, large arrays of FET-controlled, carbon-nanotube field-emitter devices to meet the required total current at a current density of 1 A/cm2.

Principal Investigator:

Peter Bletzinger
Senior Research Scientist
9372522706
peter.bletzinger@wpafb.af.mil

Business Contact:

Larry Goss
President
9374294980
gosslp@innssi.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INNOVATIVE SCIENTIFIC SOLUTIONS, INC.
2766 Indian Ripple Rd Dayton, OH 45440

EIN/Tax ID: 311437643
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
USC Dept. of EE-Electrophysics
University Park, SSC 421
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Contact: Martin Gundersen
Contact Phone: (213) 740-4396
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university