SBIR Phase I: Laser Machining of Terahertz Waveguide & Microscopy Components

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0945458
Agency Tracking Number: 0945458
Amount: $149,935.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: NM
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc.
965 Capstone Drive, Suite 308, Miamisburg, OH, 45342
DUNS: 927253195
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carl Druffner
 MS
 (937) 865-4429
 carldruffner@mlpc.com
Business Contact
 Carl Druffner
Title: MS
Phone: (937) 865-4429
Email: carldruffner@mlpc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop engineered wire waveguides for time-domain terahertz (THz) spectroscopy and imaging systems. Design of waveguides for various materials will be accomplished by finite element modeling and finite time difference simulation. The precision waveguide shapes will be produced by advance laser micromachining techniques, as an alternative to chemical etching methods while are difficult to control or reproduce. The broader impact of this program will be to enable new commercial opportunities in industrial non-destructive evaluation as well as innovative and important research areas such as near-field microscopy, characterization of metamaterials and determination of surface charge on conductive polymers used in solar cells and organic light emitting diodes (LEDs). The implementation of practical THz waveguides will simplify THz technology and reduce its cost and expand its use. This project involves graduate and undergraduate students, preparing them for innovative work in a rapidly developing high tech field.

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