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Tunable bioinspired spatially-varying random photonic crystals

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-19-P-0110
Agency Tracking Number: F19A-017-0040
Amount: $149,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19A-T017
Solicitation Number: 19.A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-05-30
Small Business Information
7566 W. Mississippi Ave., Suite 300
Lakewood, CO 80226
United States
DUNS: 094141579
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Javier Pazos
 Senior Scientist
 (720) 974-1213
Business Contact
 Cindy Johnson
Phone: (303) 980-0070
Research Institution
 University of Central Florida
 Stephen Kuebler Stephen Kuebler
4000 Central Florida Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32816
United States

 (407) 823-3720
 Nonprofit College or University

Metamaterials and photonic crystals are engineered composites that exhibit novel and interesting properties not found using ordinary materials. They have been shown to allow extraordinary control over the electromagnetic field, including molding the flow of energy, amplitude profile of the field, phase of the waves, intermodal coupling, and more. To achieve such control, a set of tools and procedures have been developed to synthesize a new class of spatially variant photonic crystals (SVPCs). Lattice spacing, orientation, fill factor, and other properties of a periodic structure can be simultaneously spatially varied while rendering an overall lattice that is smooth, continuous, and with minimized defects. This effort will produce a customized set of tools and processes needed to generate arbitrarily complex bioinspired SVPCs in a workflow that is easy to follow for the Air Force user. Throughout the design process, the user will interface with helpful GUIs and easy-to-interpret control files to define the basic parameters needed to generate novel lattice designs. The user need not be concerned with the computational electromagnetics, optimization algorithms, nor graphics generation codes that are working in the background to simulate and analyze the designs. These will be custom-coded for numerical optimization and parallelized for maximum speed.

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