Optical Windows from Nanostructured Ceramic Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0238
Agency Tracking Number: N045-008-0122
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T008
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2021 Miller Dr., Suite B, Longmont, CO, 80501
DUNS: 130993384
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dmitri Routkevitch
 Product Manager
 (720) 652-4001
Business Contact
 Stephen Williams
Title: President and CTO
Phone: (720) 494-8401
Email: swilliams@synkera.com
Research Institution
 University fo Colorado at Boulder
 Laurence D Nelson
 Office of Contracts and Grants, 3100 Marine Street, Box 572
Boulder, CO, 80309
 (303) 492-6221
 Nonprofit college or university
Future weapon and aircraft systems require IR windows and domes capable of withstanding greater heating rates, greater mechanical loads, and more severe rain and particle impact environments than can be withstood by sapphire. Nanostructured ceramic composites with grain size below 50 nm have the potential to achieve such performance. Synkera Technologies proposes the development of a new nanostructured ceramic composite with innovative architecture for fabricating IR windows and domes. The proposed composite architecture incorporates a nanostructured honeycomb-like matrix of one ceramic reinforced with another nanostructured ceramic phase of different composition. The intrinsic features of the proposed composite will allow the retention of sub-50 nm grain size. Precision nanoengineering of the composite structure and chemical composition will enable the low-cost production of IR windows and domes with good transparency, superior strength and thermal shock resistance. The proposed approach will be implemented by combining core expertise and capabilities of Synkera Technologies and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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