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RESPONSE OF SUPERCONDUCTING MATERIALS AND ELECTRONICS TO TRANSIENT RADIATION

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Award ID:
12200
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
12200
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Amador Research Corp
4737 Ross Gate Ct Pleasanton, CA 94566
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: RESPONSE OF SUPERCONDUCTING MATERIALS AND ELECTRONICS TO TRANSIENT RADIATION
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

AN EXPERIMENT IS PROPOSED TO DEMONSTRATE THAT TRANSIENT X-RAY RADIATION FROM THE PHYSICS INTERNATIONAL PULSERAD 1150 FLASH X-RAY MACHINE WILL CAUSE A REPRESENTATIVE HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTING (HTS) DEVICE TO MALFUNCTION BY REVERTING TO NORMAL CONDUCTIVITY. INTEREST IN THIS PHENOMENON IS MOTIVATED BY THE ANTICIPATED INCORPORATION OF HTS THIN FILM TECHNOLOGY IN DEFENSE ELECTRONICS, ESPECIALLY SATELLITES, IN THE NEAR-FUTURE. THE ELECTRONICS WILL BE VULNERABLE (I.E., RADIATION SOFT) TO SPACE RADIATION OR A NUCLEAR WEAPON RADIATION ENVIRONMENT. POTENTIALLY DAMAGING TRANSIENT VOLTAGES WILL OCCUR WHEN THE HTS MATERIAL GOES NORMAL. PERMANENT DAMAGE MAY ALSO RESULT. THE DEVICE CHOSEN HERE IS A LOW-Q MICROWAVE RESONATOR MANUFACTURED BY WESTINGHOUSE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER AND CONSISTING OF YBCO DEPOSITED ON A MGO SUBSTRATE. ALTHOUGH HIGH-Q HTS RESONATORS ARE AVAILABLE, A LOW-Q RESONATOR WILL RESPOND IN A TIME SHORT COMPARED TO THE 50 NS X-RAY PULSE. THE S(12) PARAMETER WILL BE MEASURED AS A FUNCTION OF FREQUENCY WITH A SYNTHESIZER, S-PARAMETER TEST SET, AND NETWORK ANALYZER. A WIDEBAND OSCILLOSCOPE WILL BE EMPLOYED TO MEASURE RESPONSE AS A FUNCTION OF TIME. THE Q AND DEVICE RESISTANCE WILL BE OBTAINED AS A FUNCTION OF TIME, DOSE, AND DOSE RATE.

Principal Investigator:

Dr D Lynn Shaeffer
4154230858

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Amador Research Corp
4737 Ross Gate Ct Pleasanton, CA 94566

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