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STTR Phase I: Advanced Fabrication and Development of Exchanged Coupled Magnets

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637896
Agency Tracking Number: 0637896
Amount: $149,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1900 Bates Ave. 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE
Concord, CA 94520
United States
DUNS: 149397015
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael McFarland
 (925) 798-5770
Business Contact
 Michael McFarland
Title: PhD
Phone: (925) 798-5770
Research Institution
 Univ of Nebraska
 David L Sellmyer
Center for Materials Research & Analysis
Lincoln, NE 68588
United States

 (402) 472-2407
 Nonprofit College or University

The Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I Project will use an already established filtered cathodic arc deposition (FCAD) process for building precise nano-scaled structures necessary to produce high-performance exchange coupled magnets (ECM). Theoretical calculations show that that the performance for ECM magnets can be two or three times that of single phase magnets. The FCAD process proposed in this work lends itself to depositing nano-dimension multilayers with dense morphology, thereby eliminating the need for heat treatment that is often required to help densify the multilayers and to increase magnetic interaction. Furthermore, the FCAD process is capable of extremely high production rates when compared to those achieved with sputtering, e-beam evaporation or molecular beam epitaxy. The development and use of ECM will allow the performance of electric motors and actuators to be increased for a given size magnet or alternatively will allow smaller, higher performing motors and systems to be constructed.

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