Photon Initiated Thyristor Switches

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-09-C-0181
Agency Tracking Number: F073-008-1519
Amount: $625,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-008
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
3304 Lake Town Dr., Columbia, MO, 65203
DUNS: 127235161
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Fox McDonald
 Chief Scientist
 (573) 489-2776
 mcdonaldkf@scieng.us
Business Contact
 Eleanor McDonald
Title: President
Phone: (573) 489-8685
Email: eleanormcd@scieng.us
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed solid-state "Photon Initiated Thyristor Switches" are a low risk approach that offer an outstanding opportunity to fulfill the near term switching requirements for numerous DoD systems including many of those pertinent to High Power Microwave sources for crucial Directed Energy applications. BENEFITS: The successful development of Photon Initiated Thyristor Switches will enable the development of pulse power generators for a variety of applications: including those requisite to the DoD, the linear accelerator community, and the commercial sector. The military is interested in modulators for high peak power electrical systems for manned and unmanned air vehicles, airborne and ground-based pulsed radar systems, high power microwave directed energy systems, etc. When combined with other elements of an impulse radar system, applications include airborne identification of obscured and uncooperative targets. The commercial sector is interested in modulators for high peak power electrical systems for high speed rail traction, utility power distribution substations, power modulators for particle accelerators, pulsed radar, land mine identification and mapping of underground utility lines and hazardous waste sites, etc.

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