Polycrystalline Laser-Host Material

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-05-C-0069
Agency Tracking Number:
O043-L01-2134
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD04-L01
Solicitation Number:
2004.3
Small Business Information
NGIMAT CO.
5315 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, GA, 30341
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806337762
Principal Investigator:
Radenka Maric
Program Manager
(678) 287-3967
rmaric@ngimat.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Hunt
CEO
(678) 287-2402
ahunt@ngimat.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Oxide nanopowders are increasingly used in manufacturing laser-quality polycrystalline materials for military and civilian applications. Despite the advances in component processing and design for improved optical transmission, new concepts and technology are needed to produce high-purity raw material nanopowder on a large scale. nGimat Co., in collaboration with Penn State University, is proposing a Phase I SBIR program to demonstrate and develop a large-scale, cost-effective manufacturing process for high-purity yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and 1%Nd doped YAG nanopowders. Optical absorption, emission spectra and fluorescence lifetime of these materials will be measured and compared to that of single crystals fabricated by the Czochralski method. By utilizing nGimat's unique aerosol generator, the Nanomiserâ device, and inexpensive equipment and chemical precursors, the proposed process offers high-purity, cost savings and flexibility in controlling Nd distribution as a luminescence element in YAG. Selected transparent polycrystalline YAG and 1% Nd doped YAG sintered tiles and/or disks with in-line transmission properties close to single crystal Nd-YAG will be provided to the Army Research Laboratory for evaluation. Successful completion of Phase I objectives will lead to a Phase II effort to complete development and commercialization of the low-cost, high-volume powder manufacturing technology.

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