Advanced Long Shelf-Life UV Curable Refractive Index Matching Material

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,892.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-12-C-0051
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-125-0869
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-125
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Agiltron Corporation
15 Presidential Way, Woburn, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
Geoffrey Burnham
Photonic Technologist
(781) 935-1200
gburnham@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Amanda Contardo
Contracts Administrator
(781) 935-1200
acontardo@agiltron.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The Navy is seeking the new index matching materials which can significantly improve the shelf life performance of mechanical splices based on light cured index matching materials. Agiltron proposes to develop advanced fluorinated polyurethane acrylate (F-PUA) based UV curable refractive index matching materials with long shelf life, low-optical loss, and wide operating temperature. The proposed F-PUA resin will be simulated for the optimum refractive index value using I-Lab 2.0 and synthesized in two steps: i) a reaction between fluorinated polyol and diisocyanate and ii) making acrylate terminal group via the reaction of intermediate and hydroxyl functional acrylate. By homogeneously dispersing the highly stable photoinitiator with long shelf-life and high effective heat releasing agents into resin, the resultant F-PUA resin system will exhibit much improved shelf-life of longer than 1 year at room temperature and up to 50 degrees C. The new high performance F-PUA resin will also provide additional advantages of the excellent transparency, very low propagation loss, and wide range of operating temperatures. Agiltron proposed refractive index matching materials is suitable for use in fiber optic mechanical splices and can be economically scaled-up for manufacturing. The improved shelf life will be demonstrated by the accelerated shelf-life testing method during Phase I.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government