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Nanostructured Super-Black Optical Materials

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
115822
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S2.02
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
NANOLAB, INC.
179 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Nanostructured Super-Black Optical Materials
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CP46C
Award Amount: $699,423.00
 

Abstract:

Need: NASA faces challenges in imaging and characterizing faint astrophysical objects within the glare of brighter stellar sources. Achieving a very low background requires control of both scattered and diffracted light.Significance of the Innovation: Aligned arrays of carbon nanotubes have recently been recognized as having world-leading optical absorption, far above competing state of the art materials. The nanotube array's diffuse reflectance (10-7) was demonstrated at two orders of magnitude lower than commercially available low reflectance carbons (10-5). The integrated total reflectance 0.045%, bested the field of competing materials, which are typically>1% at optical wavelengths. However, these arrays were produced on silicon, so they have limited utility for aerospace applications. NanoLab identified the potential to grow these arrays on flexible substrates, and proposed a Phase I effort to explore their properties.

Principal Investigator:

David L. Carnahan
Principal Investigator
7816092722
dcarnahan@nano-lab.com

Business Contact:

David Carnahan
Business Official
7816092722
dcarnahan@nano-lab.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NANOLAB, INC
179 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043501871
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No