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.

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Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2698
Amount: $40,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1985
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Spire Corp
Patriots Pk, Bedford, MA, 01730
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 JAMES K HIRVONEN
 SENIOR SCIENTIST
 (617) 275-6000
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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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