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Blocking Filters with Enhanced Throughput for X-Ray Microcalorimetry

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88031
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
075028
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Luxel Corporation
515 Tucker Avenue Friday Harbor, WA 98250-8040
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Blocking Filters with Enhanced Throughput for X-Ray Microcalorimetry
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CA58C
Award Amount: $599,975.00
 

Abstract:

NASA will fly x-ray microcalorimeters on several mission payloads scheduled within the next 5 years: New and improved IR/Visible blocking filters are urgently needed to realize the full potential and throughput of these missions. The innovation proposed, high transmission polyimide support mesh, will replace the nickel mesh used in previous blocking filter designs. Polyimide's composition affords high transparency to x-rays, especially above 3 keV. Phase 1 prototypes demonstrated 11-15% higher transmission than comparable nickel mesh across the UV-Visible-NIR range. With development of the Phase 1 process in Phase 2, the mesh will be optimized for strength, transmission, integration with filter materials, and filter lifetime; it will include deicing capability as required. Lithographic production means adaptability to meet future mission-specific filter performance requirements. The Phase 2 project will achieve a flight readiness level of 5-6 for blocking filters using the new mesh. Phase 1 results show that with successful process development, the proposed high transmission polyimide mesh will significantly improve mission throughput and effective area for microcalorimeter payloads on proposed NASA missions such as Spectrum-X-Gamma and NeXT in the near term as well as Constellation ýýX.

Principal Investigator:

Jacob Betcher
Principal Investigator
3603784137
jacob.betcher@luxel.com

Business Contact:

Dianne Hall
Business Official
3603784137
dianne.hall@luxel.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Luxel Corporation
515 Tucker Avenue Friday Harbor, WA 98250

EIN/Tax ID: 911404974
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No