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Rapid Mirror Fabrication with Nanolaminate Surface

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
UES, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road Dayton, OH 45432-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Rapid Mirror Fabrication with Nanolaminate Surface
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: FA9453-04-M-0324
Award Amount: $90,124.00


The objectives of the Phase I work are: 1) to demonstrate the fabrication of a small scale (~2 inches) replicated hybrid/composite mirror assemblage, based on the SiC/Si3N4 nano-laminates and 2) to measure the optical qualities of the mirror surface. The proposed replication technique is capable of providing fast and low-cost production of the high optical surface finish of large mirrors. The ceramic nano-laminate mirror deposition will be accomplished through magnetron sputtering technique. The nano-laminate mirror will be bonded to the SiC substructure using a negative CTE nano-powder reinforced geopolymer bonding phase and the entire hybrid/composite mirror system will be removed from a polished mandrel. The optical measurement (e.g., surface micro-roughness) of the mirror surface after being replicated from the mandrel will be carried out. The bond strength of the negative CTE nano-powder reinforced geopolymer will be measured through indirect means (e.g., SiC/SiC sandwich). The mechanical properties (strength and toughness) of SiC/Si3N4 nano-laminates will be also measured.

Principal Investigator:

Tai-il Mah
Research Scientist

Business Contact:

Francis F. Williams
Contracts Manager
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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:
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
Contact: Bhaskar Majumdar
Contact Phone: (505) 835-5152
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university