THE USE OF ION BEAMS AS A MEANS OF ENHANCING THE PROPERTIES OF DEPOSITED THIN FILMS HAS ATTRACTED CONSIDERABLE INTEREST IN THE LAST FEW YEARS.

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$40,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1985
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
2698
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Spire Corp
Patriots Pk, Bedford, MA, 01730
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 JAMES K HIRVONEN
 SENIOR SCIENTIST
 (617) 275-6000
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE USE OF ION BEAMS AS A MEANS OF ENHANCING THE PROPERTIES OF DEPOSITED THIN FILMS HAS ATTRACTED CONSIDERABLE INTEREST IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF ENERGETICALLY-ENHANCED ION DEPOSITION TECHNIQUES IS EXPECTEDTO RESULT IN A NEW GENERATION OF EXOTIC COATINGS WITH SUPERIOR ADHESION, NEAR-THEORETICAL DENSITIES, VERY HIGH HARDNESS, AND, AT THE SAME TIME, CAPABLE OF BEING DEPOSITED AT LOW TEMPERATURE. SPIRE CORPORATION PROSES TO DEVELOP A ION BEAM ENHANCED DEPOSITION TECHNIQUE FOR CREATION OF A SUPER ADHERENT HARD COATING OF TIN AND HFN. IN THIS APPROACH A THIN LAYER OF MATERIAL (E.G., TI OR HF) IS SPUTTERED ONTO A SURFACE AND CONCURENTLY BOMBARDED WITH A STEADY BEAM OF IONS (E.G. NITROGEN). COATINGS PRODUCED BY THIS NOVEL TECHNIQUE PROMISE SUPERIOR WEAR RESISTANCE AND ADHESION AT LOW PROCESSING TEMPERATURES THUS AVOIDING DISTORTION OF PRECISION OR INTRICATE COMPONENTS.

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