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High Isp Propulsion through Electromagnetically-Confined Laser Ablation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
62482
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1960
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Physics, Materials & Applied Math Research, L.L.C.
1665 E. 18th Street, Suite 112 Tucson, AZ 85719-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: High Isp Propulsion through Electromagnetically-Confined Laser Ablation
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F04611-03-M-3104
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

To meet future military space needs, the Air Force has identified the need for ultra-high specific impulse thrust devices. These devices need to be capable of providing high current atomic or molecular beams with velocities on the order on 10^6 meters persecond, or approaching relativistic speeds. Laser ablation has long been recognized as a method of obtaining very high temperature plasmas. This is particularly true with sub-picosecond lasers, which can reach intensities in excess of 10^17 W/cm2,generating fully-ionized plasmas. We intend to exploit the high energies and ionizations to the fullest extent possible, through substantial electromagnetic confinement and control. We will also apply a variety of unique diagnostic techniques to explorefurther applications and capabilities of these extremely high energy-density regimes. In addition to extremely high Isp thrusters, confining and directing the highly ionized laser-ablation products also has a large number of terrestrial applications.Some applications are relatively exotic, such as tabletop particle accelerators, however, others have much more daily application, such as a variety of materials processing techniques.

Principal Investigator:

Kevin Kremeyer
Vice President of Researc
5208827349
kremeyer@physics-math.com

Business Contact:

Kevin Kremeyer
Vice President of Researc
5208827349
kremeyer@physics-math.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

PHYSICS, MATERIALS & APPLIED MATH RESEAR
1333 N. Tyndall Ave. suite 212 Tucson, AZ 85719

EIN/Tax ID: 861025999
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No