A NEW METALLIC LIGHT ABSORBING DURABLE OPTICAL BAFFLE MATERIAL

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 6481
Amount: $64,362.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Spire Corp
Patriots Pk, Bedford, MA, 01730
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 BRIAN W MURRAY
 (617) 275-6000
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
SPIRE CORPORATION PROPOSES TO DEVELOP AN OPTICAL BAFFLE MATERIAL THAT IS METALLIC, LIGHT ABSORBING, RADIATION-HARDENED AND DURABLE. USING A SPIRE DEVELOPED PROCESS, INITIAL EXPERIMENTS HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT A STRUCTURED BE SPUTTERED LAYER CAN BE DEPOSITED ON PROPERLY PREPARED BE SUBSTATES. THE STRUCTURE IS IN THE FORM OF LIGHT ABSORBING SPIRES WITH HIGH ASPECT RATIOS. OPTIMIZATION OF THE PROCESS WILL BE PERFORMED ON 1-INCH DIAMETER COUPONS WITH COMPLETE CHARACTERIZATION OF EACH PROCESS STEP. THE SPIRE BAFFLE MATERIAL WILL BE CHARACTERIZED AND COMPARED TO AVAILABLE BAFFLE MATERIALS USING BRDF MEASUREMENTS AND SIMULATIONS OF THE EFFECTS OF RAM OXYGEN AND MICROMETEORITE SHOWERS. SCALING UP THE DEVELOPED PROCESS TO SYSTEM-SIZED BAFFLE COMPONENTS WILL BE PROPOSED IN PHASE II USING COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE EQUIPMENT.

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