Spectrally Tunable Infrared Optical Filters Based on Nano-Structured Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-10-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number: A101-019-0184
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-019
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
655 Concord Ave, Unit 704, Cambridge, MA, 02138
DUNS: 832150986
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jingqun Xi
 (617) 763-2711
Business Contact
 Jingqun Xi
Title: President
Phone: (617) 763-2711
Email: smattox@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project seeks to develop a technology to enable the fabrication of electronically tunable optical filter, such as beam splitter, in infrared spectrum for incoherent light. Electronically tunable Optical filters, such as beam splitters, are desired in infrared imaging systems, such as night vision thermal imaging system. Such filters can significantly reduce the complexity of the optics in imaging system and help to enable a lightweight, small volume and automated imaging system with significant improved capability. The proposed effort will use low-refractive-index nano-rod thin film materials for tunable optical filter fabrication. The nano scale feature size of the nano-rod has negligible scattering effect and can enable a nano-rod layer a viable optical thin film in multilayer structure. The advantage of the proposed effect is that such nano-rod thin films can enable variety of sophisticated spectrally-tunable optical filters with broad spectrally-tunable range. The intellectual merit mainly lies in technical challenges for nano-structured material fabrication, and the optical filter design by combining the optical property and the nano-structure of the low-refractive-index materials.

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