Dynamically Tunable Metamaterials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$99,281.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0652
Award Id:
90035
Agency Tracking Number:
A09A-002-0322
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
631 Discovery Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35806
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625694500
Principal Investigator:
Milan Buncick
Senior Scientist
(256) 922-0802
mbuncick@aegistg.com
Business Contact:
Gary Bell
Contracts Manager
(256) 922-0802
gbell@aegistg.com
Research Institute:
University of Texas at Austin
Andrea Al-
1 University Station C0803
Austin, TX, 78712
(512) 471-5922
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The technology, theory and fabrication of artificial materials and metamaterials have seen impressive progress in the last few years, and various applied fields have benefited of the great flexibility of electromagnetic response that metamaterials may provide at microwaves, infrared (IR) and/or optical frequencies. Negative-refractive and zero-permittivity metamaterials have indeed been proposed for breakthrough novel applications in a multiplicity of fields, spanning engineering, physics and optics. The objective of this proposal is to develop transparent metallo-dielectric multilayer stacks that functions both as an EMI and a laser eye protection coating. We will design and construct multilayer stacks that provide a high transparency window in the visible spectrum but block both UV and IR light. The coating will have sufficient conductivity to offer EMI control and sufficient optical density to protect the eye from damage by laser radiation in these two spectral regions. As part of the Phase I effort we will build and test these stacks on both rigid and flexible substrates in order to provide a wide variety of protection applications. The Phase I work will also produce a technology development and demonstrate plan for the proposed solution that will be executed in Phase II.

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