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SBIR Phase I: Laser Machining of Terahertz Waveguide & Microscopy Components

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
91165
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0945458
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc.
2941 College Dr. Kettering, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: SBIR Phase I: Laser Machining of Terahertz Waveguide & Microscopy Components
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0945458
Award Amount: $149,935.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop engineered wire waveguides for time-domain terahertz (THz) spectroscopy and imaging systems. Design of waveguides for various materials will be accomplished by finite element modeling and finite time difference simulation. The precision waveguide shapes will be produced by advance laser micromachining techniques, as an alternative to chemical etching methods while are difficult to control or reproduce. The broader impact of this program will be to enable new commercial opportunities in industrial non-destructive evaluation as well as innovative and important research areas such as near-field microscopy, characterization of metamaterials and determination of surface charge on conductive polymers used in solar cells and organic light emitting diodes (LEDs). The implementation of practical THz waveguides will simplify THz technology and reduce its cost and expand its use. This project involves graduate and undergraduate students, preparing them for innovative work in a rapidly developing high tech field.

Principal Investigator:

Carl Druffner
MS
9378654429
carldruffner@mlpc.com

Business Contact:

Carl Druffner
MS
9378654429
carldruffner@mlpc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc.
965 Capstone Drive Suite 308 Miamisburg, OH 45342

EIN/Tax ID: 030409881
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No