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Nanograin MgF2 for Multi-Mode Seeker Dome

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
68248
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-3843
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Materials Modification Inc
2809-K Merrilee Drive Fairfax, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Nanograin MgF2 for Multi-Mode Seeker Dome
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R123
Award Amount: $69,999.00
 

Abstract:

Next generation missiles require multi-mode seekers that combine both infrared and millimeter wave capabilities to improve standoff distances and allow for accurate target recognition. Materials used to fabricate domes for such seekers suffer from drawbacks such as high dielectric constant and/or inferior transparency to IR. Magnesium fluoride is a candidate material for the above application since it is known to possess superior dielectric and IR transmission properties than other traditional dome materials. Despite the established promise of this material, it has not yet been successfully used, due to its inferior mechanical properties. In this Phase I Small Business Innovation Research project, Materials Modification Inc., aims to overcome the above drawback of MgF2 by fabricating nanostructured material that will exhibit good mechanical and optical properties. MgF2 nanopowders will be prepared by a proprietary process and will be compacted to high-strength, optically transparent pieces for fabrication of multi-mode seeker missile domes. Phase I will involve processing of the nanoparticles and their consolidation into near net shapes while Phase II will include scaling up the process for producing, in addition to domes, a large number of parts for use by defense organizations.

Principal Investigator:

T. S. Sudarshan
President
7035601371
sudarshan@matmod.com

Business Contact:

T. S. Sudarshan
President
7035601371
sudarshan@matmod.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MATERIALS MODIFICATION, INC.
2721-D Merrilee Drive Fairfax, VA 22031

EIN/Tax ID: 541368539
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No