Ultra Lightweight SiC Based Mirrors for High Energy Lasers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG60-01-P-0087
Agency Tracking Number: 01-0448
Amount: $64,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 W. Kowbel
 Vice President
 (520) 574-1980
Business Contact
 J.C. Withers
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
SiC materials offer excellent characteristics for high energy lasers applications. However, both monolithic and RBSI materials suffer from brittleness. This proposal builds on the concept of ultra lightweight C-C (SiC) composite structure, which yieldvery high thermal conductivity and modulus. Subsequently, chemical vapor reaction (CVR) process will be employed to render optical quality SiC surface. In addition, BaF2/ ZnSe optical coating capability will be studied.It is anticipated that under 2Kg/m2 aerial density SiC based mirrors will be fabricated. In addition, surface rms of 2Ao is expected. Commercial applications include high energy lasers, at lidars and FTS instruments.

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