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Epsilon-near-zero thermal emitter for combat identification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H9240519P0015
Agency Tracking Number: S183-004-0058
Amount: $145,872.42
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM183-004
Solicitation Number: 2018.3
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-15
Small Business Information
310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC, 27603
DUNS: 080132824
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Shelton
 (919) 816-2191
 ctshelto@thirdfloormaterials.com
Business Contact
 Edward Sachet
Phone: (919) 816-2191
Email: esachet@thirdfloormaterials.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The USSOCOM is soliciting a thermal solution for combat identification (CID), which can be distributed to partner forces at low cost. Third Floor Materials (3FM) is proposing an innovative solution based on an emerging class of materials, epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) materials. The proposed approach will leverage the companys experience with these materials and proposes a solution with unique emissive properties, suitable for USSOCOMs requirements. The proposed device concept will yield tunable emission profiles across the MWIR and LWIR bands, favorable SWaP requirements and can be fabricated at highly competitive rates.In parallel, the company will conduct a thorough review of the state-of-the-art in thermal emission technology, combined with testing of off-the-shelf components to benchmark cost, emissive properties, SWaP requirements and compatibility with partner forces. The results will be compared with the innovative ENZ based solution. As a final deliverable, Third Floor Materials will present a thorough report detailing all thermal emitter options available to USSOCOM that meet its specification for a partner force CID beacon.

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