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Unique, Highly IR- and Visible-Reflective, Highly Stretchable Membranes For…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
81301
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
07SB2-0505
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ashwin-Ushas Corporation, Inc.
9 Red Coach Ln Holmdel, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Unique, Highly IR- and Visible-Reflective, Highly Stretchable Membranes For Reflective Sights, Adapted From IR Electrochromics Technology
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0186
Award Amount: $98,995.00
 

Abstract:

In prior, unrelated work at this firm in IR electrochromics, unique, highly flexible/stretchable Au-coated membranes have been developed which have very high IR reflectance (nearly 100% in the 2.5 to 25 micron region) as well as Vis-NIR reflectance (ca. 99% in the 0.5 to 2.5 micron region). These membranes show no effects of extreme physical abuse (bending, flexing, stretching, dropping, shock) and have very wide operating temperature ranges ((-) 70 to (+) 175 C). A proprietary property of these membranes gives them the unique metal adhesion and high IR reflectance. This technology will be adapted in the present work to highly flexible, stretchable, membranes based on polysiloxanes or similar polymers. Preliminary work done specifically for this proposal (data herein) shows highly flexible, durable, highly IR-reflective Au/PDMS membranes that retain all their properties on > 70% flexure. Proposed Phase 1 work will fabricate, optimize these membranes, with Au, other metals (e.g. Ag, Pt), using a number of variables. An optical device (reflective telescopic sight) will be fabricated and its projection of an image at various F numbers, focal lengths and apertures recorded in the Visible and IR. A detailed design, including control electronics for optical and electronic zoom, will also be arrived at.

Principal Investigator:

Prasanna Chandrasekhar
President
7324621270
chandra.p2@ashwin-ushas.com

Business Contact:

Prasanna Chandrasekhar
President
7324621270
chandra.p2@ashwin-ushas.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ASHWIN-USHAS CORP., INC.
206 Ticonderoga Blvd. Freehold, NJ 07728

EIN/Tax ID: 223193455
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No