USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

High Strength Hollow Fiber for IR Optic Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67876
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-292-2539
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: High Strength Hollow Fiber for IR Optic Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9101-05-C-0038
Award Amount: $650,000.00
 

Abstract:

Hollow waveguides provide an attractive alternative to conventional solid-core infrared fiber optics because of the inherent advantage of their hollow core. Hollow waveguides not only cover a full spectrum of infrared wavelength for sensing and imaging applications, but also enjoy the advantage of high laser power thresholds, low insertion loss, no end reflection, ruggedness, and small bean divergence. Hollow carbon fibers represent one of the best technologies for power delivery in medical and industrial laser systems with losses as low as 0.1 dB/m and transmitted laser powers as high as 2.7 kW. This program proposes optimization development of high-strength and high-flexibility hollow fiber bundles, based on innovative carbon material processing and the gold coating of the hollow carbon fibers. The proposed infrared waveguides take full advantages of the outstanding structure and mechanical properties of the carbon, and the best infrared reflectivity and chemical stability of the gold, allowing high performance applications with small bending radius, high temperature and operating in harsh environments, at low cost.

Principal Investigator:

James Withers
CEO
5205741980
jcwithers@mercorp.com

Business Contact:

Raouf Loutfy
President
5205741980
mercorp@mercorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd. Tucson, AZ 85706

EIN/Tax ID: 860530946
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No