Advanced ferrite materials for next generation high power microwave generation systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$686,804.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-12-C-0074
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-167-0995
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-167
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
36 Station St, Sharon, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829728067
Principal Investigator:
Anton Geiler
Principal Investigator
(617) 780-7983
geiler@metamagneticsinc.com
Business Contact:
Elaine Trudell
Program Manager
(781) 636-8275
trudell@metamagneticsinc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Microwave oscillators based on ferrimagnetic precession and excited with a fast-rise time pulsed input have been proposed to achieve high power microwave (HPM) generation. The properties of ferrite materials utilized in such systems impose limitations on performance, including peak power capability, internal heating, and maximum repetition rate. In order to improve the efficiency of HPM generation, the development of novel materials with properties optimized specifically for this application is pursued. Key materials properties were identified during the Phase I effort, in which a rigorous commercially available materials characterization program was executed. These findings formed a solid foundation for a follow-on Phase II program, in which specialized ferrite materials will be developed for HPM generation applications. The properties of the materials will first be optimized on a research scale, followed by the development of manufacturing processes to allow for mass production necessary for technology transition and commercialization. The newly developed materials will be used to fabricate ferrite core prototypes for HPM generators and thoroughly validated in a representative environment. The capability to produce prototype components in a production relevant environment will also be demonstrated.

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