Durable Multispectral Sensor Window

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-12-C-0105
Agency Tracking Number: N112-115-1059
Amount: $79,923.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-115
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
712 State Circle, Ann Arbor, MI, -
DUNS: 966230260
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Todd Stefanik
 VP of Technology
 (734) 741-9522
Business Contact
 Michael Kelly
Title: CEO and President
Phone: (734) 741-9522
Email: mkelly@nanocerox.com
Research Institution
There is a need for an infrared window material that can replace single crystal sapphire in airborne applications. In order to do so, the alternate must possess optical transmission, optical scatter, mechanical strength, and mechanical stiffness comparable to sapphire while costing significantly less than sapphire. Nanocerox proposes to utilize its extensive experience in processing YAG to create a material solution to this need. While YAG exhibits intrinsic absorption between 4 and 5 microns, reduction of this absorption may be possible via mixed garnet compositions containing Gd and/or Ga. Nanocerox will investigate these materials, optimize optical, mechanical, and price performance in the system, then make witness coupons of the optimum composition for mechanical and optical testing. An option task is proposed to optimize Nanocerox slip casting techniques for mixed garnet window materials.

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