Nanocomposite Coatings for Optical Fibers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00421-03-P-0707
Agency Tracking Number: N031-2300
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
2721-D Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031
DUNS: 167433531
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 R. Radhakrishnan
 Manager-Technology Develo
 (703) 560-1371
Business Contact
 T.S. Sudarshan
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (703) 560-1371
Research Institution
Fiber-optic technology is finding increasing importance in a wide range of applications within the navy, such as in structural health monitoring of warships, high-resolution image transmission, guided weapons, gyros and optical motherboards for computers.Optical fibers are typically enclosed in a hermetic layer over the cladding that protects the core and the cladding from mechanical, thermal and chemical damage. Various polymeric materials are applied on the surface of the glass fiber to protect it fromthe harsh environment. Polymers, however, absorb moisture; as a result, long-term mechanical reliability of polymer-coated fibers might be not as high as necessary. An alternative effective coating material that possesses the merits of organic polymers andcarbon/metallic hermetic coating, without the drawbacks of these materials, is proposed in this phase I proposal. Apart from use in the navy for fabrication of high-security, high-performance communication networks, the optical fibers developed will alsofind use in a plethora of civilian applications that involve optical communication.

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