Low cost fabrication of high IR transmission and hardness aspheric composite ceramic windows

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-M-0229
Agency Tracking Number: N121-087-0358
Amount: $79,665.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: N121-087
Solitcitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
General Opto Solutions, LLC
1366 Ridge Master Drive, State College, PA, -
Duns: 153219675
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yunjin Zhang
 Material Engineer
 (814) 238-5982
Business Contact
 Stuart Yin
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (814) 238-5982
Email: shizhuo_yin@yahoo.com
Research Institution
The objective of this SBIR Phase I effort is to develop an innovative fabrication method to produce high IR transmission and hardness aspheric window, which includes following major efforts: First, a unique composite ceramic material will be developed, which not only is highly transparent over a broad visible-to-IR spectral range (compatible to ZnS and CaF2), but also has a much higher strength and hardness than that of ZnS and CaF2. Second, a novel low cost manufacturing process will be developed, which can be used to fabricate the complex shape aspheric window based on our proposed transparent composite ceramics at low cost. Third, the performance of the fabricated aspheric composite ceramic window will be thoroughly investigated. The major optical, thermal, and mechanical properties such as transmittance, refractive index, mechanical strength, the thermal expansion coefficients will be quantitatively measured. A 3"reagent grade hyper-hemispherical dome will be fabricated at the Phase I stage, which will lay down a solid foundation to fabricate full size 12"dome at the Phase II stage. We will also actively pursue the commercialization of our unique IR transmitting aspheric window for the following killer applications such as domes, transparent armor, broadband sensors, et al.

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