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Infrared-Transparent, Millimeter-Wave Bandpass, Missile Dome Design

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0024
Agency Tracking Number: N092-151-0568
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-151
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-10-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-12-01
Small Business Information
1980 Olivera Ave Suite D
Concord, CA 94520
United States
DUNS: 149397015
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeff Brown
 Senior Scientist
 (925) 798-5770
Business Contact
 Mike McFarland
Title: President
Phone: (925) 798-5770
Research Institution

This purpose of this project is to develop advanced coatings for use in tri-mode seeker domes for the next generation Joint Air-to-Ground Missile. The coatings will be deposited using innovative deposition techniques producing films of high optical and electrical quality that are very dense and highly adherent. The coatings simultaneously have high electrical conductivity and IR transparency of greater than 90% past 5ìm. The films will be characterized by optical transmission scans, electrical measurements, and EMI shielding from 10-50 GHz. Results of the EMI shielding measurements will be used to design band-selective millimeter-wave (MMW) filters. Furthermore, high temperature conductivity testing to 1000°C will be performed along with abrasion testing, and sand erosion testing. This data will assess the suitability of the different coatings for use in the tri-mode seeker domes. Optimized films will be deposited on IR substrates and incorporated into a coating structure to demonstrate the coatings ability to achieve a high transmission pass region in the MMW Ka-band (between 27 and 40 GHz) while achieving out of band rejection. This structure will be based upon computer modeling refined from the earlier testing of the EMI shielding performance.

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