Electromagnetic Metamaterial Films

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0292
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-018-0680
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N09-T018
Solicitation Number:
2009.A
Small Business Information
Nanohmics, Inc
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, 78741
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
100651798
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Milder
Principal Scientist
(512) 389-9990
amilder@nanohmics.com
Business Contact:
Steve Savoy
Vice President Technology Dev
(512) 389-9990
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
Abstract
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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