HOLOGRAPHIC DIFFRACTION GRATINGS

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$496,527.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1984
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
629
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Research Corp.
8201 Coporate Drive Suite 920, Landover, MD, 20785
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Joseph B. Gurman
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Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NEW TECHNIQUES ARE NEEDED IN THE FABRICATION OF HIGH-QUALITYDIFFRACTION GRATINGS OF THE TYPE REQUIRED FOR PLANNED AND ANTICIPATED SPACE ASTRONOMY INSTRUMENTS. GRATINGS WITH THE REQUIRED LOW LEVELS OF SPECTRALLY-SCATTERED LIGHT AND LARGE BLAZE ANGLES ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE, AND IT IS DOUBTFULTHAT SUCH GRATINGS CAN BE PRODUCED BY THE TRADITIONAL METHODOF MECHANICAL RULING. A MORE PROMISING APPROACH IS TO USE AHOLOGRAPHIC INTERFERENCE PATTERN TO EXPOSE A PHOTORESIST COATING ON THE GRATING SURFACE. DURING PHASE I, SEVERAL PROMISING HOLOGRAPHIC METHODS ARE INVESTIGATED, INCLUDING: FABRY-PEROT METHODS, DIGITAL INTERFEROGRAM SYNTHESIS, AND SELECTIVE CHEMICAL ETCHING. THE FEASIBILITY OF USING THESE TECHNIQUES ARE ASSESSED BY LABORATORY TESTS OF CRITICAL ASPECTS OF THE FABRICATION TECHNOLOGY.

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