PRACTICAL FABRICATION TECHNIQUES FOR DURABLE "MOTH EYE" OPTICAL ABSORBERS

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 10659
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Xi Magnetics Inc
Rd 8 Box 457a, Coatesville, PA, 19320
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John L Wallace
 Principal Investigator
 (215) 347-1768
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
IN THIS PROJECT THE RESEARCHERS WILL SYSTEMATICALLY EXAMINE "MOTH EYE" OR GEOMETRIC TRANSITION STRUCTURES FOR USE AS OPTICAL ABSORBING SURFACES TO REDUCE SCATTERED LIGHT INSIDE SENSITIVE OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS. THE EMPHASIS WILL BE PLACED ON FABRICATION TECHNIQUES THAT MEET ALL THREE OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: (1) TO BE PRACTICAL FROM AN EVENTUAL MANUFACTURING STANDPOINT; (2) TO PROVIDE A RUGGED, DURABLE SURFACE STRUCTURE; AND (3) TO BE AMENABLE TO IN SITU FABRICATION ON THE INTERIOR SURFACES OF SUNSHIELDS, ETC. INPHASE I, A SPUTTER-ETCHING CATHODE ASSEMBLY WILL BE CONSTRUCTED AND USED TO FABRICATE SAMPLES WITH GEOMETRICALLY TRANSITIONED SURFACES IN THREE DIFFERENT CLASSES OF MATERIAL: A LOW INDEX DIELECTRIC, A SEMICONDUCTOR, AND A PURE METAL. THE RESULTING SURFACES WILL BE STUDIED BY SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY AND THEIR OPTICAL ABSORPTION CHARACTERISTICS WILL BE MEASURED EXPERIMENTALLY.

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