Large-Area, Monolithic Reconnaissance Window

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-12-C-0086
Agency Tracking Number: N102-164-0986
Amount: $739,050.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
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, -
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Evans LaRoche
 Research Engr
 (410) 987-1656
 alaroche@techassess.com
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Title: CEO
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Email: sharon@techassess.com
Research Institution
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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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