Nanostructured Radiation Hard Optical Coatings for Star Trackers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-07-M-0012
Agency Tracking Number: F063-002-0101
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF063-002
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
NANOSONIC, INC.
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 M. Berg
 Principle Investigator
 (540) 953-1785
 mberg@nanosonic.com
Business Contact
 Lisa Lawson
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Email: llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
During the proposed Phase I SBIR program, NanoSonic will fabricate novel multilayered self-assembled anti-reflective coatings onto the surface of space-based detector substrates that will impart improved durability and broadband transmission exceeding the current treatment technology. NanoSonic will demonstrate improvements to broadband transmission by targeting the desired waveband and optical transmission specifications. The requirements for this technology will demonstrate the utility of our patented electrostatic self assembly method, which can be tailored to provide an array of coating properties to a substrate of interest, with controlled thicknesses in the range of several to hundreds of nanometers, with minimal variation and exceptional surface roughness control. The anti-reflective coating of the detector aperture is subjected to a variety of damaging environmental conditions, including extreme temperature variations and exposure to solar radiation. This damage cannot be remotely repaired which renders the detector inoperable, thus unable to communicate accurate information to the interceptors. Substantial improvements to the current coating technology will elevate the performance of the detector and can be achieved through refined control of optical transmission through a longer wavelength, as well as enhanced durability, by employing the ESA method using select materials.

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