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SBC: NANOTRON Topic: AF06T026
A low-cost laser process for synthesizing nanolayers in solar cells is proposed. The net effect of these nanolayers is a wide absorption of the solar spectrum. In this proposed process a laser is used to form many p-n junctions in a thin, lightly doped wafer. Each p-n junction formed will be unique so that each p-n junction converts a different range of the sunlight’s spectrum into current.STTR Phase I 2006 Department of DefenseAir Force
SBC: CHARLES RIVER ANALYTICS, INC. Topic: AF06T031
Modern military operations increasingly require decision-makers to reason predicatively about adversary actions and the battlespace environment – a task made more challenging due to meta-information (i.e., qualities of information such as uncertainty or staleness). Understanding the role of meta-information in reasoning about intelligence and developing methods for effectively portraying it ha ...STTR Phase I 2006 Department of DefenseAir Force
SBC: NEXTGEN AERONAUTICS, INC. Topic: AF06T017
The main goal of the proposed research is to develop a material with a high modulus ratio (Ez / Ex = 105 ) by the end of Phase II. This material is ideally suited for use in morphing aircraft that require large shear strains of the skin, while limiting out-of-plane pillowing at the same time. The major effort during the beginning of the program will be to characterize Shape Memory and Electroactiv ...STTR Phase I 2006 Department of DefenseAir Force
SBC: Calabazas Creek Research, Inc. Topic: AF06T022
This proposal contains innovative, traveling-wave tube (TWT) designs compatible with three-dimensional (3D) micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication techniques for millimeter-wave applications. The development will focus on novel planar interaction circuits; long life, high current density electron guns; and compact magnet configurations. The ultimate goal will be high power, efficient, ...STTR Phase I 2006 Department of DefenseAir Force
SBC: ENIGMATICS, INC. Topic: AF06T023
The protective properties of the oxide films that form on aluminum alloys can break down locally and allow extensive corrosion. An amorphous alloy system recently developed at the University of Virginia is promising as an environmentally compliant metal cladding. We propose a new method for converting alloy powder into coatings. This technique does not require large standoffs and has very high hea ...STTR Phase I 2006 Department of DefenseAir Force
SBC: Tanner Research, Inc. Topic: AF06T006
It is desirable to make high resolution imagers that simultaneously acquire multispectral information from the same spatial locations; doing so enables a number of target detection and tracking applications. Currently, image resolution is limited by the pixel pitch which cannot be reduced below optical diffraction and carrier diffusion limited values, and by the need to have different pixels resp ...STTR Phase I 2006 Department of DefenseAir Force
SBC: BUSEK CO., INC. Topic: AF06T001
Busek Co. Inc. and Stanford University propose to jointly develop and test a high power plasma propulsion concept called the Coaxial High EnerGy (CHENG) thruster. This high efficiency (> 85%) pulsed system will be capable of average thrust levels commensurate to chemical propulsion (10^4 N/m^2), but with an Isp comparable to electrostatic propulsion (4000-50,000 s). Both thrust and Isp will be va ...STTR Phase I 2006 Department of DefenseAir Force
SBC: BUSEK CO., INC. Topic: AF06T018
High current density carbon nanotube-based field emission arrays with uniform emission will be developed under this program. Working in conjunction with MIT, microfabrication techniques will be used to produce high density arrays of CNT emitters on substrates which incorporate feedback to ensure uniformity of emission between emitters. The feedback techniques employed will minimize thermal effec ...STTR Phase I 2006 Department of DefenseAir Force
SBC: MONOPOLE RESEARCH Topic: AF06T035
We propose to develop high-fidelity numerical simulation tools to be used in the analysis and assessment of bone conduction of sound in the human head and the desigh of noise protection devices. The proposed approach utilizes boundary and volumetric integral equation methods, and will constitute an extension of our currently developed approach from acoustics to coupled elasticity-theory and acou ...STTR Phase I 2006 Department of DefenseAir Force
SBC: PHYSICAL SCIENCES INC. Topic: AF06T010
The Air Force desires development of a commercial production source for nonlinear optical (NLO) gallium arsenide semiconductor crystals with orientation patterning, i.e., OP-GaAs. The need for these materials is driven primarily by applications for NLO laser frequency converters in Infrared Counter Measures (IRCM). The proposed Phase I project will demonstrate feasibility for a fabrication metho ...STTR Phase I 2006 Department of DefenseAir Force