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Efficient, Tunable Terahertz Source

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
83291
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F064-006-0457
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Structured Materials Industries
201 Circle Drive North Unit # 102 Piscataway, NJ 08854-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Efficient, Tunable Terahertz Source
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0142
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Future battlefield systems will require new levels of performance from optical components. In particular, there is a strong need for efficient, high-power terahertz (THz) sources and detectors. The lack of sufficiently powerful, compact sources and detectors in the 0.3 to 30 THz range has so far drastically limited development in defense imaging, homeland security and medical imaging applications, among others. In this STTR program we propose to develop and demonstrate a novel tunable THz source with unprecedented efficiency. The new technology is based on an engineered material currently under development at Structured Materials Industries (SMI) and the University of Wisconsin (UW). Detailed modeling indicates an improvement of several orders of magnitude in power conversion efficiency over current state-of-the-art designs, with estimated average power in the mW range or higher. In this STTR, this unique material will be combined with a rotatable photonic crystal to enable broad tunability. In Phase I we will fabricate a laboratory prototype of the tunable THz source and test its properties to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach. In Phase II the material and device design will be refined and developed for practical THz sources and detectors, which will be manufactured in Phase III.

Principal Investigator:

Catherine E. Rice
Scientist
7323029274
cerice@structuredmaterials.com

Business Contact:

Gary S. Tompa
President
7323029274
gstompa@structuredmaterials.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

STRUCTURED MATERIALS INDUSTRIES
201 Circle Drive North, Unit # 102 Piscataway, NJ 08854

EIN/Tax ID: 223175106
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN
Research & Sponsored Programs
Madison, WI 53706
Contact: Diane Barrett
Contact Phone: (608) 262-0252
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university