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Wet-Chemical Production of Calcium Lanthanum Sulfide Powders for Infrared Optics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-23-C-0080
Agency Tracking Number: N222-116-0121
Amount: $139,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N222-116
Solicitation Number: 22.2
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-11-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-05-09
Small Business Information
706 Forest Street, Suite A
Charlottesville, VA 22903-5231
United States
DUNS: 142252225
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Josh Smith
 (434) 220-1563
Business Contact
 Maggie Hudson
Phone: (434) 220-1559
Research Institution

Calcium lanthanum sulfide (CLS) is a well known ceramic material that can be used in infrared optics for spectroscopy, imaging, and optical components of medical equipment. While CLS is a useful infrared transparent ceramic, the lack of a reproducible and dependable manufacturing process remains a significant hurdle to realizing its full utilization. The poor reproducibility is associated with variability in powder precursors availbe to be formed into parts of interest. To address this need, Luna and our team will develop a continuous flow production method of CLS powder to be used as a precursor for forming components of interest. To ensure CLS powder quality, Luna will leverage principles of Lean – Six Sigma to improve repoducibiltiy, increase yied, reduce cost, and maintain a level of quality that is required to generate uniform components for testing, characterization, and product integration.

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