Large-Area, Monolithic Reconnaissance Window

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$739,050.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68936-12-C-0086
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-164-0986
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-164
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc.
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212, Annapolis, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153908801
Principal Investigator:
Evans LaRoche
Research Engr
(410) 987-1656
alaroche@techassess.com
Business Contact:
Sharon Fehrenbacher
CEO
(410) 224-3710
sharon@techassess.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The Phase II SBIR program will address a need for durable, infra-red transmitting sensor windows of large area, eventually as large as 32"x 32"x 0.5". Two areas of study are planned. The first is to improve optical quality, particularly homogeneity of refractive index and absence of stress birefringence, voids, bubbles and inclusions. The second is to improve mechanical strength for greater durability. Technology Assessment & Transfer (TA & T) works primarily with magnesium aluminate spinel and has developed the capability to produce large plates of transparent spinel by hot pressing. Spinel offers superior transmission characteristics for IR sensors and has a cost advantage compared to competing transparent ceramic materials such as sapphire and AlON.

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