Carbon Nanotube Plasma Limiter

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$736,312.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0099
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-034-0545
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA06-034
Solicitation Number:
2006.2
Small Business Information
Accurate Automation Corporation (dba Pla
7001 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN, 37421
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
146369124
Principal Investigator:
Luke Gritter
Principal Investigator
(423) 894-4646
lgritter@accurate-automation.com
Business Contact:
Roger Bailey
CFO
(423) 894-4646
rogerdalebailey@netzero.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The enabling solid state semiconductor technology in modern electronics and radar systems increases their vulnerability to the effects of high power, fast rise-time EMP, HPM, and UWB pulses. In recent years, significant advances in the technology used to produce these pulses have been made in the United States and abroad, increasing the need for effective protection against these threats. However, currently available protection devices are incapable of achieving the necessary combination of fast response time, high power handling capability, and low impact on system performance demanded by modern radar systems. To meet this need, Plasma Sciences Corporation is taking advantage of recent advances in nanotechnology to create a plasma limiter capable of both high speed and high power operation while having minimal degradation on normal system performance. Existing plasma limiter technology utilizes metallic point-plane electrode configurations, but the advent of aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays presents an opportunity to generate a breakthrough in plasma limiter performance. Using a CNT array as a field enhancing electrode in a plasma limiter promises to offer faster reaction time, higher power handling capability, lower insertion loss, and greater reliability than existing systems, providing effective protection for radar systems against high power, fast rise-time pulses.

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