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Science and Applications of Metameterials to Interceptor Sensors

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 08T009
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Phoebus Optoelectronics LLC
419 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10003
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Science and Applications of Metameterials to Interceptor Sensors
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7207
Award Amount: $750,000.00


The proposed project will develop three actively configurable metamaterial of relevance to both i) MDA's high-priority and near-term need for stray light testing and diagnosis and ii) the interceptor functions of THAAD, Ascent Phase Interceptors, MKV and Space Systems. Phoebus's configurable metamaterials aperture arrays will consist of single-layer metallic thin films patterned with light-channeling subwavelength sized dielectric apertures. All structures will tap into the metamaterial phenomenon of anomalous optical transmission (AOT) through subwavelength sized apertures, that allow almost 100% of an incident beam to be transmitted through the structures. The apertures will be filled with electro-optical materials that exhibit tuning of their dielectric constants when a voltage is applied, hence tuning of the transmissive/reflectance properties as well. Two of the devices will be actively configurable apertures that will be will be integrated into the stray light detection system being developed by Phase I awardee, Opt-E. The third device is a light harvesting, tunable, wavelength selective transmitting/lensing metamaterial that can be switch between the transmission and lensing of MWIR and LWIR spectral bands. Phoebus has developed a realizable commercialization plan to exploit profitable markets for sensor systems, advanced optical components, polarimetric sensing and renewable energy devices using its patent-pending metamaterials.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Crouse
Chief Technology Officer

Business Contact:

Thomas James
Small Business Information at Submission:

Phoebus Optoelectronics LLC
12 Desbrosses Street New York, NY 10013

EIN/Tax ID: 562451605
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Research Foundation - City College
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Contact: Regina Masterson
Contact Phone: 2126507908