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Development of an Improved Coating Process for Military Mirrors

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2003 / STTR
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Small Business Information
UES, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road Dayton, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Development of an Improved Coating Process for Military Mirrors
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: DASG6003P0224
Award Amount: $69,970.00


The objective of this proposal is to develop an improved coating process for beryllium mirrors for military applications. The beryllium mirrors require precision optical coatings for high reflectivity at desired wavelengths and environmental protection.The proposed work combines the coating development expertise and experience of UES and Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL). The coating requirements for beryllium mirrors for military applications will be identified and thedeposition/process equipment necessary for the development of desired coatings will be defined. The improved coating process is likely to be based on a combination of sputter deposition and electron beam evaporation with ion assistance.The coatings will be based on a metal coating and multilayer of high and low refractive index materials. The appropriate materials will be selected from the database of PNNL using computer simulation. The coated mirrors will be tested for opticalperformance and environmental durability. The major benefit of this new coating process and coating materials will be improved adhesion, and elimination of problems resulting from the current process such as run-to-run variability, and lack of processcontrol, thus saving cost of remediation. In addition to space-bound surveillance system for the military, the beryllium optics is useful for making components like mirrors, telescope metering structures, spectrometers, sensors, and subsystems for laseraltimetry, remote sensing, environmental monitoring, guidance and astronomy.

Principal Investigator:

Rabi S. Bhattacharya
Prin. Res. Scientist/Div. Director

Business Contact:

Francis F. Williams,
Contracts Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

UES, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road Dayton, OH 45432

EIN/Tax ID: 310797776
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
902 Battelle Boulevard, P.O. Box 999
Richland, CA 99352
Contact: John Calhoun
Contact Phone: (509) 376-0374
RI Type: Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)