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Development of Nonlinear Scanning Microwave Microscopy for 3D Tomographic Imaging at the Nanoscale

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-17-P-0046
Agency Tracking Number: A17A-008-0171
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17A-T008
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-02-17
Small Business Information
23001 Heath Aster Way
Clarksburg, MD 20871
United States
DUNS: 080519107
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Minhua Zhao
 (301) 916-1868
Business Contact
 Minhua Zhao
Phone: (301) 916-1868
Research Institution
 University of Maryland at College Park
 Minhua Zhao
Office of Research Administration
College Park, MD 20742
United States

 (301) 916-1868
 Nonprofit College or University

Scanning microwave microscopy (SMM), capable of quantitatively measuring local electromagnetic properties at submicron length scales, has been widely used in semiconductor industry, materials science, physics, biology and other fields of science and technology. In particular, it offers the unique capability of penetrating into the sample-under-test in a non-invasive and non-contacting manner. However, 3D tomographic SMM systems for consistent and reproducible characterization are still not available. To address this critical need, Next 3D Tech, LLC (N3D) and the University of Maryland (UMD) propose to develop a reliable and user-friendly nonlinear scanning microwave microscopy (NLSMM) system with 3D tomographic imaging capability at the nanoscale. The main advantages of the proposed NLSMM to the state-of-the-art SMM in subsurface imaging include: better lateral and depth resolution, deeper imaging depth, more versatile platform and cost-effective. Compared to X-ray tomography, microwave tomography is especially valuable for biological applications due to the low energy level of microwave. Hence, this research and development will have great potential in biomedical applications.

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