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Electromagnetic Metamaterial Films

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Department of Defense
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2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Nanohmics, Inc
6201 East Oltorf St. Suite 400 Austin, TX 78741-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Electromagnetic Metamaterial Films
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0292
Award Amount: $70,000.00


The field of electromagnetic metamaterials has been rapidly developing in recent years, promising to deliver new composite materials with exotic electromagnetic properties generally unattainable in nature. The resulting wide-angle, ultra-thin absorber is highly desirable for various technological applications. A highly efficient sub-wavelength absorber can be used to miniaturize sensors, such as photodetectors and microbolometers, down to the wavelength scale (or below). Motivated by all the above applications, we find that there is a compelling case for developing a ultra-thin film whose reflective and absorptive properties could be tailored to specific frequency bands. The ultra-wide angular response of such a film would be an additional benefit. To fulfill the need for such a metamaterials-based film, Nanohmics Inc. and Dr. Gennady Shvets at The University of Texas at Austin propose to develop an ultra-thin, wide-angle absorber of the infrared waves using a custom lithography and flexible dielectric deposition.

Principal Investigator:

Andrew Milder
Principal Scientist

Business Contact:

Steve Savoy
Vice President Technology Dev
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Nanohmics, Inc
6201 East Oltorf St. Suite 400 Austin, TX 78741

EIN/Tax ID: 743072245
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712
Contact: Gennady Shvets
Contact Phone: (512) 471-7371
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university