Replicated Hybrid/Composite Mirror Technologies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-C-5246
Agency Tracking Number: F051-140-0018
Amount: $733,250.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-140
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH, 45432
DUNS: 074689217
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tai-Il Mah
 Research Scientist
 (937) 255-9829
Business Contact
 Francis Williams, Jr.
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (937) 426-6900
Research Institution
There is a need for extra light-weight mirrors for space environments. In response to this need, UES, Inc. conducted research on light-weight diffraction limited optics that is also amenable to rapid mirror fabrication. The basis of the proposed mirror system was a SiC/Si3N4 nano-laminate of low thermal expansion coefficient, high stiffness, and good strength. The nano-laminate was bonded to a base low-expansion substrate using a negative CTE nano-powder reinforced geopolymer. The underlying concept of using SiC and Si3N4 is to construct the mirror, attachment bonding material, and substructure in such a way that they all possess very close thermal expansion coefficients. The ultimate objectives of this proposed Phase II program are: 1) to develop technology toward scaling-up the process to produce at least a 0.5-meter rigid mirror, based on SiC/Si3N4 nano-laminates and shaped to a parabolic form, without increasing the visible optics figure and finish errors, and 2) to develop cost and schedule estimates for a less than 2 month production time. Another integral part of the Phase II research is to incorporate an in-situ sensing device in the deposition chamber for real-time process control.

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