Advanced Antireflective Coatings for Polycarbonate Lenses

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-12-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: F10B-T19-0114
Amount: $99,889.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF10-BT19
Solicitation Number: 2010.B
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, -
DUNS: 100651798
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donald Patterson
 Senior Scientist
 (512) 389-9990
Business Contact
 Mike Mayo
Title: President
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Research Institution
 Texas State University
 Reddy Venumbaka
 601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX, 78666-4684
 (512) 245-2672
 Nonprofit college or university
ABSTRACT: Robust optical coatings are of great importance across a broad spectrum of applications. Hard, durable, stress-free coatings are needed and used in everything from ophthalmic polymers to infrared optics. One of the principal shortcomings of typical inorganic oxide, nitride, and sulfide coatings when applied to polymeric substrates is the large difference in the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) between the two types of materials. This mismatch in CTE leads to unwanted stress in the applied coatings resulting in a failure of the coating. To address the Air Force"s optical coatings requirements, Nanohmics is developing the tools and processes for producing optical coatings employing pulsed laser deposition and sputter-deposited amorphous nitrides and oxides. These materials enable coatings (reflective, antireflective, and bandpass) with high quality, excellent adherence, and compatibility with substrates including metals, polymers, and traditional optical materials. During this program, Nanohmics is proposing to develop a mixed organic/inorganic anti-reflective coating to be applied to polycarbonate-based ophthalmic lenses. The ultimate lenses will have a scratch-resistant, stress-free, adherent coating with transmission greater than 99.5% from 400 to 750 nm. BENEFIT: The developed processes and tools can be used to deposit reflective, anti-reflective, and bandpass coatings on to a variety of optical materials including polymers, glasses, and metals. Potential applications include lenses, windows, face shields, airplane canopies, solar panel coverglass, and building sheeting and glazing.

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