Low Cost AlON For IR Window Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG6003P0283
Agency Tracking Number: 031-0307
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
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
 Chris Chen
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 574-1980
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: CEO
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is to develop a transparent AlON with low cost and exceptional mechanical properties. The low cost AlON can be achieved by controlling the material synthesis, which reduces the particle size andenhances the uniformity of the starting materials. Increasing the sinterability and reducing the diffusion path can reduce the sintering time and sintering temperature significantly. Hence, both the raw material cost and the processing cost can bereduced significantly. Furthermore, the mechanical properties can be improved due to the smaller grain size compared to conventional processed AlON. The thermal shock capabilities of transparent polycrystalline ceramics can be enhanced when the grainsize is decreased to nanoscale. The transparent nanocomposite developed in this program can be used to replace translucent Al2O3 for the sodium and halogen lamp applications. It can also be used for IR missile domes, transparent armors, undersea submersibles, supermarket scanners,glass for Xerox copy machines and scanners, and optical lenses. This new material can have significant impact on the optical industry by replacing specialty glass and sapphire.

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