Corrosion-Resistant AR Coating of High Energy Alkali Laser Components Using Refractory Materials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$149,989.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-13-C-7365
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
B122-016-0233
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA12-016
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (Currently Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc)
MA, Watertown, MA, 02472-4699
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073804411
Principal Investigator:
Vivek Nagarkar
Director Imaging Systems
(617) 668-6800
VNagarkar@RMDinc.com
Business Contact:
Joanne Gladstone
VP Operations
(617) 668-6800
JGladstone@RMDinc.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Realization of high-performance compact lasers will require the development of substrates and advancements in optical coatings that can withstand the harsh environments of corrosive gases, high temperatures, and high energy densities. Toward this end we intend to undertake the development of novel optical coatings that will simultaneously provide the necessary protection and maintain the optical performance of coated components to the desired levels. The significant expertise of Radiation Monitoring Devices (RMD) and our sibling company Evaporated Metal Films (EMF) in designing, developing, and manufacturing advanced thin films and optical coatings will be used to realize the desired technology. Specifically, the proposed multi-layer index-matching coating(s) will be designed to ensure maximum transmission and minimum reflectance at the D1 and D2 wavelengths of Rubidium. Furthermore, its chemical structure will be resistant not only to Rb vapor, but also to its oxides and hydroxides. Computer modeling of the layered structure will be performed to study its light transmission properties. During Phase I, the efficacy of our approach will be demonstrated by coating sapphire substrates used in Diode Pumped Alkali Laser Systems (DPALS). To facilitate technology transition to commercialization we have teamed with a well-known company currently developing DPALS for commercial use.

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