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Non Focal Plane Laser Protection Technology Based on Combinatorial Optical Limiting Approaches

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-6886
Agency Tracking Number: F081-008-0289
Amount: $99,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-008
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-05-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-03-09
Small Business Information
1910 West St. Andrews Road
Midland, MI 48640
United States
DUNS: 933678369
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Abhijit Sarkar
 Senior Associate Scientist
 (989) 832-5590
 sarkar@oxazogen.com
Business Contact
 Robert Nowak
Title: President
Phone: (989) 832-5590
Email: nowak@oxazogen.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I proposal offers to develop a solid, non-focal plane based laser protection technology that will meet the requirements of fast response time, high transparency under normal illumination conditions, and increased broadband (400 to 1400 nm) spectral response for the protection of eyes and sensors from laser beams. A novel approach to composite optical power limiters (OPLs) based on multi-component non-linear optical (NLO) materials, namely carbon nanotubes and organic NLO chromophores, that will be blended together in a common matrix is proposed. A proprietary hyperbranched polymer that forms excellent optical quality films and non-yellowing, scratch resistant coatings will be used as the host material. Oxazogen’s solid state OPL technology represents a paradigm shift from currently available technologies and has the potential to provide the best overall laser protection. Current laser protection technologies do not provide an adequate solution to the simultaneous challenges of fast response time, low energy threshold over broadband radiation. Salient features of Oxazogen’s approach include an easy to process solid state material, the ability to be coated on a variety of optical substrate, and the fact that it can be used as an independent filter, requiring no reworking of current system configurations.

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