Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) Superconducting Coils for Gyrotron Magnets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-2511
Agency Tracking Number: O043-EP6-1135
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD04-EP6
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
110 E. Canal St., Troy, OH, 45373
DUNS: 014152511
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Tomsic
 (937) 332-0348
Business Contact
 Michael Tomsic
Title: President
Phone: (937) 332-0348
Research Institution
The Air Force is currently pursuing the development of directed weapons using high frequency gyrotrons. Present systems use coils made with niobium titanium superconducting wire operating at 4 K with a cryocooler. Light weight magnesium diboride superconductor wire offers the potential of the required magnetic field but will operate at higher temperature of 10-25 K, and be a much lighter weight superconductor. Thus there is the potential to reduce the size and weight of the gyrotron magnet and cryocooler for airborne applications. This SBIR Phase I will demonstrate a sub-size solenoid gyrotron magnet with magnesium diboride superconducting wire, and determine what weight and size reductions could be made for a full size magnesium diboride gryotron magnet and cryocooler.

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