You are here

Rapid Finishing of Optics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 28377
Amount: $60,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1995
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2929 Eskridge Rd, P-1, Eskridge Center
Fairfax, VA 22031
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 T.s. Sudarshan
 (703) 560-1370
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution

The objective of this Phase I is to develop a high quality, high speed, cost effective technique for polishing silicon carbide mirrors that are machined using single point diamond turning methods. The finished optic should have a more perfectly polished surface with uniform shape and thickness than is presently being produced. We will achieve this by using two different approaches, a novel non-contact approach and a second approach that will use micro-contact pressure in the presence of centrifugal forces to smooth the surfaces. Optical characterization will be performed on the polished samples and will be correlated to the as single point diamond turned SiC samples. In Phase II, we propose extending this technique to large optical surfaces by either specially designing or adapting existing manufacturing systems. Coordination has already been initiated with several manufacturers for scale up and testing in Phase II leading to commercialization in Phase III. This technique can be used for other applications involving optical components such as laser cavity mirrors, laser beam mirrors, lenses for telescopes, windows with high optical transmission, optoelectronic detectors, photo detectors, and high power devices.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government