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Photo Triggered Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Cathode for Free Electron Lasers

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
95117
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-023-0575
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10T023
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Busek Co. Inc.
11 Tech Circle Natick, MA 01760-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Photo Triggered Carbon Nanotube Field Emission Cathode for Free Electron Lasers
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-10-M-0330
Award Amount: $69,996.00
 

Abstract:

Busek Co. Inc (Busek) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) propose to develop the design of a photon actuated, ultrafast carbon nanotube (CNT) field emission cathodes for high-power electron beam accelerator sources. The cathode will be based on massive arrays of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nano-Fibers (VA-CNFs) that are individually controlled by a vertical ungated field effect transistor (FET). These arrays would be activated using photons from a laser to achieve ultrafast current emission. The team will focus on designing a cathode based on massive arrays of VA-CNFs that is able to emit up to A/cm^2-level electron current, and on the design of a reflecting structure that concentrates photons from a common source on the surface of the VA-CNF tips. The proposed cathode will harness five important technologies that will enable current densities up to 10 A cm^-2, a total emission area of 25 mm^-2 or higher, and able to emit in 10 pico second level pulses: 1) Fabrication of uniform isolated VA-CNFs; 2) Individual ballasting of the field emitters using vertical FET; 3) Photon-enabled field emission for ultrafast cathode actuation; 4) High-pressure (>10^-3 torr) operation; and 5) Proximal electrostatic lenses to individually control the emission from each CNT tip.

Principal Investigator:

Luis Velasquez-Garcia
Principal Scientist
6172530573
lfvelasq@MIT.EDU

Business Contact:

Judy Budny
Contracts Administrator
5086555565
judy@busek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Busek Co. Inc.
11 Tech Circle Natick, MA 01760

EIN/Tax ID: 042881247
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Massachusetts Institute of Tech
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Dept of OE-Rm 5-2047
Cambridge, MA 2139
Contact: Kimberly Mann
Contact Phone: 6172533907