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Low Cost, Wide Band Infrared Window Technologies

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2005 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Aspen Systems, Inc.
184 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752-3017
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Low Cost, Wide Band Infrared Window Technologies
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-05-C-0096
Award Amount: $99,988.00


Aspen Systems Inc., proposes to investigate the feasibility of developing a protective coating material for ZnS that will have comparable mechanical properties of ALON, Spinel and Sapphire but will retain the extended regime transmission properties of multi-spectral ZnS. However, ZnS being a soft material with relatively poor mechanical strength and erosion resistance, it is essential to develop a suitable protective coating on ZnS. Aspen's Phase I proposal aims to develop an innovative coating design and technique and selecting suitable coating materials for ZnS. Among the very limited choices of coating materials, Aspen Systems Inc., has identified DLC (Diamond like carbon) as a candidate coating material for this phase I program as it has higher mechanical strength, good transparent properties and desirable characteristics in the infrared region. Aspen plans to develop optical quality diamond-like coating (DLC) over ZnS using state of the art coating technique. Optimization of deposition parameters and characterization of coating including hardness, optical properties and its thermal stability for the coating will be critically evaluated during this investigation

Principal Investigator:

Somesh Mukherjee
Senior Materials Scientist

Business Contact:

Kang P. Lee
President & CEO
Small Business Information at Submission:

184 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752

EIN/Tax ID: 042839563
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No