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IR Transmitting Aspheric Window Optics from Spinel Ceramics

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-087-1343
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-087
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Materials & Electrochemical Research (MER) Corp.
7960 S. Kolb Rd. Tucson, AZ 85756-9237
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: IR Transmitting Aspheric Window Optics from Spinel Ceramics
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-13-C-0216
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

MER plans to produce 12"diameter hyper-hemispherical domes and 10"diameter aspheric lenses of transparent spinel for the optic purposes during this program. Spinel was chosen because of its properties such as high transmission in the UV-Vis and Mid-IR wavelength range of 0.2 5.5┬Ám, it is very resistant to abrasion, with density higher than 99.95% of theoretical, with very fine and uniform grain size exhibiting an average flexural strength close to 200+ MPa. MER"s novel and proprietary process consisting of freeze forging, hot pressing and hot isostatic pressing creates close to net shape blank of from which a final part can be render and polished. The final polished part shows low birefringence, high transmission and refractive index homogeneity better than 10 ppm over a 160 degree aperture. To perform this program MER will design and develop all the tooling required to produce 12"diameter hyper-hemispherical domes and 10"diameter aspheric lenses, perform the sintering process and deliver finished optically polished parts to the program manager.

Principal Investigator:

Juan Sepulveda
Vice President Technical
(520) 574-1980
mercorp@mercorp.com

Business Contact:

Raouf Loutfy
President
(520) 574-1980
rloutfy@mercorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials & Electrochemical Research (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd. Tucson, AZ -

EIN/Tax ID: 860530946
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No