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Thin Film Deposition of Highly Conductive Metals for Sensor Applications - Phase II

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-19-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7394
Amount: $997,592.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17A-T001
Solicitation Number: 17.A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-11-08
Small Business Information
4870 Sadler Road, Suite 102
Glen Allen, VA 23060
United States
DUNS: 126681084
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dustin Winslow
 Chief Scientist
 (801) 259-5574
Business Contact
 Shuganti Caradonna
Phone: (804) 840-8477
Research Institution
 Summit Information Solutions, Inc.
 Dr. Yu Lei Dr. Yu Lei
4870 Sadler Road, Suite 102
Glen Allen, VA 23060
United States

 (256) 824-6527
 Nonprofit College or University

Deposition of highly conductive, continuous thin film metals has proven to be a significant challenge. There are several techniques that allow deposition of these metals, but their application is limited to planar surfaces and only offer complete line of sight deposition. During a recent Phase I STTR project, Summit Information Solutions, Inc. (Summit), in partnership with University of Alabama in Huntsville, demonstrated the capability to deposit sub 10 nm, continuous thin films of silver across silicon substrates with native oxide. Based on this success the Summit team will take this new capability and explore the possibility of depositing these silver thin films in a binary dielectric stack configuration using several different oxide materials. The team will determine the efficacy of depositing silver onto these optical oxides and depositing these oxides onto the silver thin films. Once the deposition characteristics are understood, the team will deposit these binary stacks with varying thickness of each layer to further explore the optical properties available with this technique. At the end of this project the Summit team will provide a new powerful process to the DoD that will allow for the development of optical stacks on arbitrarily complex 3D optical lenses.

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