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Diamond Solid State Switch for Pulsed Power and Other Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32089
Amount: $60,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1555 Doolittle Dr., Suite 100, San Leandro, CA, 94577
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rahul R. Prasad
 (510) 483-4156
Business Contact
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Research Institution
Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation (AASC) proposes a two phase effort with the ultimate goal of producing a marketable high power, high repetition rate diamond switch suitable for use in several defense and commercial applications. In Phase I a set of experiments will be carried out that will show operation at kilohertz frequencies with closing and opening times <10 ns. While operation at these frequencies has been suggested in the past no experiments showing sustained operation have been reported. In Phase II, the knowledge gained in the Phase I research would be applied to the manufacture and demonstration of prototype diamond switches designed to switch both high current and high voltage at high frequencies. AASC is confident that a 24 month Phase II effort is adequate to establish a product line of devices for several diverse applications that will garner market share immediately following the proposed SBIR funded effort. The potential payoff for diamond switches in defense and commercial applications may be enormous. The properties of diamond suggest the ability to control hundreds of megawatts with a single device. High voltage, high repetition rate switches capable of holding off several hundred kilovolts in a small package are potentially feasible.

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