Analysis of Methods for Manufacturing Optically Transparent Tapered Resistive Films

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-18-C-0015
Agency Tracking Number: A2-6932
Amount: $490,011.71
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16-083
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-01-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-24
Small Business Information
15985 NW Schendel Avenue, Beaverton, OR, 97006
DUNS: 124348652
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Dupuy
 (971) 223-5646
Business Contact
 Debra Ozuna
Phone: (971) 223-5646
Research Institution
To protect daytime cameras against broadband laser threats, innovative active optical materials and optical systemsdesigned to provide protection against pulsed lasers operating throughout the wavelength range of common daytime and low-light-level imaging cameras (400 nm through 1100 nm)are being developed by Voxtel, Inc. The nonlinear optical (NLO) limiter developed in this work delivers undistorted viewing under normal conditions, while protecting vision-system cameras from being significantly damaged by pulsed lasers with wavelengths across the visible spectrum. A novel NLO-limiting tightly coupled nanocomposite hybridwith broadband, visible spectrum protection and an instantaneous, self-activated responsehas been created, and will be optimized and implemented in an example optic system. The NLO properties of the nanocomposite developed were characterized and shown to achieve significant progress across the visible and near-infrared spectra, toward a target nonlinear index of n_2 > 1 x 10^-9 cm^2/W (X^(3) > 1 x 10^-6 esu) and a damage threshold of > 400 MW/cm^2.

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