Affordable High Yield Photocathodes for FEL Injectors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-08-M-0126
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-162-0613
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-162
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
SAXET SURFACE SCIENCE
3913 Todd Lane, Suite 303, Austin, TX, 78744
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
135251267
Principal Investigator:
Gregory Mulhollan
Owner
(512) 462-3444
mulhollan@saxetsurfacescience.com
Business Contact:
Gregory Mulhollan
Owner
(512) 462-3444
mulhollan@saxetsurfacescience.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
For FEL based systems to become practical as weapons, it is necessary photoinjectors be used to generate the low emittance, high current, high peak charge electrons needed for photon production. Higher overall system reliability can be achieved if the photoemitter operates in the visible wavelength range. Photocathodes are consumables in the operation of an FEL injector gun and are required to be made as reliable, inexpensive and simple to use as possible. Amorphous silicon germanium shows great promise as a negative electron affinity visible wavelength photocathode suitable for FEL gun systems. Advantages of amorphous silicon germanium include a high degree of immunity to charged particle flux, low thermal emittance, bandgap tunability and low production cost. Amorphous silicon germanium can be readily grown on a variety of substrates including those transparent at its bandgap enabling transmission mode as well as reflection mode photocathodes to be fabricated.

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