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Wavelength-Agile Real Time Tabletop X-ray Nanoscope based on High Harmonic Beams

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: 140D0419C0094
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2281
Amount: $1,479,039.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ST15C-001
Solicitation Number: 15.C
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-09-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-22
Small Business Information
4775 Walnut St. 102, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: 160015093
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Seth L Cousin
 Sr Research Scientist
 (303) 544-9068
 scousin@kmlabs.com
Business Contact
 Dr. Sterling Backus
Phone: (303) 544-9068
Email: sbackus@kmlabs.com
Research Institution
 University of Colorado
 Joyce Kroll Joyce Kroll
 Office of Contracts and Grants
3100 Marine Street, Campus Box 572
Boulder, CO, 80309
 (303) 735-3118
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Nanoscale, material sensitive, imaging techniques are critical for progress in many disciplines as we learn to master science and technology at the smallest dimensions — on the nanometer to atomic-scale. However, progress in both science and technology is becoming increasingly limited by the constraints of current imaging techniques and metrologies. Fortunately, by combining coherent extreme UV (EUV) sources with coherent diffractive (lensless) imaging, these challenges can be addressed, thus enabling advanced materials investigation. Short wavelength light in the EUV and soft X-ray (SXR) region has the potential to image with significantly higher spatial resolution than in the visible region of the spectrum. Moreover, EUV light has exquisite elemental contrast and specificity, and can penetrate opaque objects allowing buried layer imaging. Finally, the EUV/SVR polarization can also be exploited to provide magnetic contrast in support of current and future spin-based technologies. This combination represents a new and powerful analytic toolset, that is dependent on bright, coherent EUV sources. As described in the next section, major advances in robust drive lasers and coherent EUV sources during Phase II, puts the KMLabs-JILA team in an ideal position to integrate these advances into a unique new imaging capability.

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