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Dynamically Tunable Metamaterials

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
AEgis Technologies Group, Inc.
410 Jan Davis Drive Huntsville, AL 35806-4545
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Dynamically Tunable Metamaterials
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0652
Award Amount: $99,281.00


The technology, theory and fabrication of artificial materials and metamaterials have seen impressive progress in the last few years, and various applied fields have benefited of the great flexibility of electromagnetic response that metamaterials may provide at microwaves, infrared (IR) and/or optical frequencies. Negative-refractive and zero-permittivity metamaterials have indeed been proposed for breakthrough novel applications in a multiplicity of fields, spanning engineering, physics and optics. The objective of this proposal is to develop transparent metallo-dielectric multilayer stacks that functions both as an EMI and a laser eye protection coating. We will design and construct multilayer stacks that provide a high transparency window in the visible spectrum but block both UV and IR light. The coating will have sufficient conductivity to offer EMI control and sufficient optical density to protect the eye from damage by laser radiation in these two spectral regions. As part of the Phase I effort we will build and test these stacks on both rigid and flexible substrates in order to provide a wide variety of protection applications. The Phase I work will also produce a technology development and demonstrate plan for the proposed solution that will be executed in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Milan Buncick
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Gary Bell
Contracts Manager
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AEgis Technologies Group, Inc.
631 Discovery Drive Huntsville, AL 35806

EIN/Tax ID: 630985776
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station C0803
Austin, TX 78712
Contact: Andrea Al-
Contact Phone: (512) 471-5922
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university