Low-loss Optical Polymer Materials in Multi-kilogram Quantities for Optical Lens Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-14-P-1052
Agency Tracking Number: N132-137-0170
Amount: $79,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N132-137
Solicitation Number: 2013.2
Small Business Information
657 S. Mechanic Street, Pendleton, SC, 29670-1808
DUNS: 112087726
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey DiMaio
 (864) 646-6282
Business Contact
 Jeffrey DiMaio
Title: COO
Phone: (864) 646-6282
Email: dimaio@tetramertechnologies.com
Research Institution
In this Phase I SBIR program, Tetramer Technologies will develop new, commercially attractive, thermoplastic optical polymers that have ultra-low scattering losses for use in diffraction-limited optical lenses. The value proposition to the customer using Tetramer"s optical polymers will be decreased scattering of light transmitted through the polymer lens, resulting in smaller Airy disks and improved Modulation Transfer Function in optical devices. Currently, the scattering loss found in commercial sources of optical polymers is unacceptably high to the detriment of the imaging capabilities of optical devices such as night vision goggles. The primary causes of scattering loss are extrinsic inclusions such as chemical and physical impurities. Due to the stringent processing required to remove these impurities, polymers with ultra-low scattering loss are not commercially available in reasonable quantities for optical device manufacture. Tetramer"s development and commercial supply of these materials will facilitate value-added high-end polymer lenses and optical components with improved imaging performance. At the conclusion of the Phase I program, Tetramer will have developed optimal methods to prepare optical polymers with scattering loss less than 0.5 dB/m at a 1 kg scale and analyzed quality/volume/cost tradeoffs for these processes. Subsequent efforts will increase scale up to 10 kg.

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