High-Energy Laser Coatings for Large, Lightweight, and Compliant Deployable Space Optics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,830.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F29601-03-M-0099
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1757
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ALAMEDA APPLIED SCIENCES CORP.
2235 Polvorosa Avenue, Suite 230, San Leandro, CA, 94577
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
836439968
Principal Investigator:
Michael McFarland
Principal Scintist
(510) 483-4156
mcfarland@aasc.net
Business Contact:
Mahadevan Krishnan
President
(510) 483-4156
krishnan@aasc.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation proposes to use its Filtered Cathodic Arc Plasma Deposition (FCAPD) process to apply reflective high-energy laser coatings to complaint polyamide substrates for space-based mirrors. FCAPD coatings have better adhesionand are denser and more stable than coatings deposited using other methods, such as, sputtering or evaporation. In addition, the internal stress of FCAPD films can be controlled, allowing the curvature of compliant mirror surfaces to be fine-tuned duringdeposition. It is anticipated that the FCAPD optical coatings will permit the use of large, collapsible, space-based mirrors for defense applications. In addition, FCAPD coatings will find commercial applications in energy efficient coatings for homewindows, anti-reflective coatings for automotive and aircraft windows, wavelength division multiplexers, and heads-up displays for aircraft helmet visors.

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