Electromagnetic Metamaterial Films

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0292
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-018-0680
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T018
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, 78741
DUNS: 100651798
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Milder
 Principal Scientist
 (512) 389-9990
Business Contact
 Steve Savoy
Title: Vice President Technology Dev
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Email: ssavoy@nanohmics.com
Research Institution
 University of Texas at Austin
 Gennady Shvets
 1 University Station
Austin, TX, 78712
 (512) 471-7371
 Nonprofit college or university
The field of electromagnetic metamaterials has been rapidly developing in recent years, promising to deliver new composite materials with exotic electromagnetic properties generally unattainable in nature. The resulting wide-angle, ultra-thin absorber is highly desirable for various technological applications. A highly efficient sub-wavelength absorber can be used to miniaturize sensors, such as photodetectors and microbolometers, down to the wavelength scale (or below). Motivated by all the above applications, we find that there is a compelling case for developing a ultra-thin film whose reflective and absorptive properties could be tailored to specific frequency bands. The ultra-wide angular response of such a film would be an additional benefit. To fulfill the need for such a metamaterials-based film, Nanohmics Inc. and Dr. Gennady Shvets at The University of Texas at Austin propose to develop an ultra-thin, wide-angle absorber of the infrared waves using a custom lithography and flexible dielectric deposition.

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