Laser Micromachining for Rapid Manufacture of Diffraction Optical Components

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$599,964.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1995
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
22867
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Potomac Photonics, Inc.
4445 Nicole Drive, Lanham, MD, 20706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Michael T. Duignan
 (301) 459-3031
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose proof-of-principle experiments that will lead to a unique tool that will play a major role in the development and implementation of diffractive optics in the next decade. Waveguide excimer laser technology will be used to directly etch diffractive phase gratings onto the substrate surface without intervening masks or complex chemical processing. This tool will be a completely integrated computer-aided design and computer-aided micro-machining workstation that will extend the benefits of diffractive optics technology to optical designers on a scale never before possible. With a single computer-based system, the engineer will be able to design, optimize, manufacture, measure, and refine diffractive optical elements of arbitrary structure on virtually any 2-D or 3-D surface. At the same time, the projected affordability and simplicity will put this tool within the reach of many designers and fabricators of optical components who are now forced to forego the advantages of diffractive elements in their optical designs due to the staggering development costs associated with conventional microlithographic methods.

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