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Plasmonic Thermal Emitter with Hyperbolic Metamaterial Heat Source

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-17-P-0127
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-022-0189
Amount: $149,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T022
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-04-09
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf St.
Austin, TX 78741
United States
DUNS: 100651798
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Karun Vijayraghavan, Ph.D.
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 389-9990
Business Contact
 Michael Mayo
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Research Institution
 University of Texas Austin
 Dr. Daniel Wasserman
 (512) 471-9818
 Nonprofit College or University

The development of high-efficiency thermal emitters with high spectral purity will provide a significant advantage for hardware-in-the-loop infrared scene testing. Nanohmics Inc. in collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin, propose to demonstrate a novel hyperbolic metamaterial (h-MM) driven plasmonic thermal emitter (i.e. optical antenna) that provides spectrally-tuned mid-wave and long-wave infrared emission for scene projection. The thermal emission wavelength and bandwidth will be controlled by engineering the antenna spectral resonance. The antennas will be thermally pumped by an h-MM heater with orders of magnitude enhanced near-field heat transfer properties compared to blackbodies at the same temperature. Using a suspended pixel architecture to reduce thermal mass and a first-of-its-kind h-MM heating scheme, the system will be more energy efficient than thermal pixel arrays, will be capable of achieving apparent temperatures higher than 1000 C, and will operate at frame rates greater than 1 kHz with very little pixel thermal cross-talk.

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