ION BEAM DEPOSITION OF LARGE-AREA LOW SCATTERING METAL COATINGS

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 11925
Amount: $464,902.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2 Lyberty Way, Westford, MA, 01886
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ghanim Al-jumaily
 Principal Engineer
 (508) 692-7513
Business Contact
 JEFFREY MACLAREN
Title: CONTROLLER
Phone: (508) 692-7513
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
METAL COATINGS DEPOSITED USING CONVENTIONAL EVAPORATION ARE UNSTABLE WHEN EXPOSED TO SUCH ELEMENTS OF THE ENVIRONMENT ASMOISTURE, HEAT, AND RADIATION. STATE-OF-THE-ART SPACE AND ASTRONOMICAL APPLICATIONS, SUCH AS WHITE-LIGHT, ALL- REFLECTING CORONOGRAPHS, REQUIRE COATINGS WITH OPTIMUM PROPERTIES. THESE APPLICATIONS REQUIRE LARGE-SIZE, SUPER- SMOOTH, HIGH-REFLECTANCE MIRRORS. ION-BEAM-BASED COATING TECHNIQUES HAVE SHOWN GREAT PROMISE TO IMPROVE THE DURABILITY AND REDUCE THE OPTICAL SCATTER OF THIN FILMS. METAL COATINGS WILL BE DEPOSITED USING CONVENTIONAL EVAPORATION, ION-ASSISTED DEPOSITION, AND ION-ASSISTED SPUTTERING. COATINGS OF SILVER, ALUMINUM, AND GOLD WILL BE EXAMINED. SEVERAL DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES WILL BE EMPLOYED TOEXAMINE EFFECTS OF DEPOSITION CONDITIONS ON THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES, OPTICAL SCATTER, AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF METAL COATINGS. SCALING OF THE COATING PROCESS TO COAT LARGE SURFACES WILL BE EXAMINED. METAL COATINGS ARE USEFUL FOR WIDE-BAND, HIGH-REFLECTANCE SURFACES, BANDPASS METAL-DIELECTRIC FILTERS, AND TELESCOPE MIRRORS AND SPACE-BASED OPTICAL TELESCOPES.

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