CDTE OPTICAL COMPONENTS IN LONG WAVELENGTH INFRARED SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$66,568.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
15725
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Xacton Corpon
Po Box 3129, Tempe, AZ, 85280
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Bal K Jindal
 Principal Investigator
 (602) 966-8765
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
INFRARED SYSTEMS ARE NEEDED FOR A VARIETY OF DEFENSE RELATED APPLICATIONS, SUCH AS: SURVEILLANCE, TARGET DETECTION, ACQUISITION AND TRACKING, MISSILE GUIDANCE, ETC. FOR MANY APPLICATIONS SUCH AS THOSE INVOLVING COLD-DIM TARGETS, THESE SYSTEMS NEED TO OPERATE IN THE VERY LONG WAVELENGTH REGION OF THE INFRARED SPECTRUM, E.G. 15-35 MICRONS CUTOFF. IN THIS WAVELENGTH REGION, THE AVAILABILITY OF SUITABLE MATERIALS FOR OPTICAL COMPONENTS SUCH AS WINDOWS, LENSES AND FILTERS ETC, IS A SIGNIFICANTLY IMPORTANT ISSUE. FOR THESE APPLICATIONS, BASED ON PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES, CDTE IS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE, SUPERIOR TO OTHER KNOWN MATERIALS. HOWEVER, ITS USAGE HAS BEEN SEVERELY LIMITED DUE TO THE LACK OF A SUITABLE PROCESS FOR THE GROWTH OF HIGH QUALITY AND LARGE AREA WAFERS OF IT. RECENTLY, HOWEVER, XACTON HAS ACHIEVED A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH BY DEVELOPING A NEW PROCESS FOR THE GROWTH OF II-VI COMPOUNDS, AND WILL APPLY THIS PROCESS TO THE GROWTH OF CDTE.

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