SiC-Based Laser Fusion Optics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$0.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG03-01ER83279
Award Id:
56689
Agency Tracking Number:
65542S01-II
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7960 South Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
W. Kowbel
(520) 574-1980
Business Contact:
J. Withers
65542
(520) 574-1980
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
65542 Silicon-carbide-based mirrors are essential if inertial fusion energy is to become practical. Current SiC mirror technologies suffer from several shortcomings including high areal density, impurities, low stiffness, and core/base print-through which has precluded producing acceptable SiC mirrors. This project will develop a hybrid SiC-SiC composite/SiC foam approach to address these limitations. The use of the composite core will provide high thermal conductivity, very high modulus/stiffness, high fracture toughness, and a pure ¿-SiC structure. The SiC foam will eliminate the print-through problem. During Phase I, a 4-inch diameter SiC mirror was fabricated that exhibited less than 10 kg/m2 areal density. The core print-through was eliminated, and a very good microroughness of 4 nm was achieved. Phase II will scale-up processing to 18-inch diameter SiC optics suitable for Inertial Fusion Energy optics. Final polishing techniques will be developed to achieve a flatness under 150 nm combined with 2 nm microroughness. An improved aluminum coating method will be developed to achieve an adherent coating layer that will survive pulse laser testing. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Commercial applications should include space optics, such as lidars and cross-link communication, and ground based applications including high energy lasers

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