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Optically Transparent Near-Perfect Microwave Absorber

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-17-C-0030
Agency Tracking Number: A171-093-0385
Amount: $149,870.11
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-093
Solicitation Number: 17.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-20
Small Business Information
410 Jan Davis Drive
Huntsville, AL 35806
United States
DUNS: 625694500
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Neset Akozbek
 Senior Research Physicist
 (256) 922-0802
Business Contact
 Lindsey McMicken
Phone: (256) 922-0802
Research Institution

The U.S. military systems employs many EO/IR sensors platforms to enhance targeting, situational awareness, intelligence and reconnaissance operations. EMI/RFI and electronic signature control technologies of EO/IR sensors is therefore critical for the operation of the sensors. In addition, for platforms that require stringent RCS signature control, EO/IR sensors require to be placed behind RCS-complaint optical windows. Such platforms include Navy stealth ships EO/IR windows, fixed and rotary wing aircrafts EO/IR apertures, missile dome, and directed energy weapon apertures. Additional requirements include multi waveband operation and high optical transparency from visible to the IR. Current microwave absorbers are either made of optically opaque materials or require a metallic ground plane and thus are not transparent in the optical regime. We will design, fabricate and test a novel optically transparent microwave absorber based on doped monolayer and/or multi-layer graphene. Our technical approach can be tailored to meet specific optical and microwave requirements by design and/or chemically controlling the conductivity by doping. Graphene’s conductivity can be voltage-controlled given the possibility for dynamically tunable microwave absorbers. Graphene sheets can be fabricated over large areas making it possible to develop transparent microwave absorbers for large optically transparent window applications for many different military platforms.

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