Nano-Enabled Broadband Infrared Anti-Reflection Coatings

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,970.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-08-C-7808
Award Id:
86359
Agency Tracking Number:
B073-001-0518
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
LawrenceDomash
Director of Photonic Technology
(781) 935-1200
Ldomash@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
LisaBoardman
Contract Administrator
(781) 935-1200
Lboardman@agiltron.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
In this program, Agiltron and the group of Professor D. W. Wang at Boston College propose a novel nano-porous coating for next generation MDA IR anti-reflection (AR) coatings for detectors and optics. The collaborative research leverages recent progress in nano-material development at Boston College, and Agiltron's recently developed nano-coating processes. The proposed IR AR coatings will possess engineerable nano-porosity and predefined index profile characteristics along with extremely precise thickness control. These coatings can be expected to yield graded index profiles as well as discrete multilayers leading to the first universal IR AR solution for critical surfaces. The coatings will also possess superior radiation hardness, broadband anti-reflection, good thermal-mechanical stability, and both high and low temperature stability critical for a space environment. Additionally, our nano-porous coatings are obtained by a low cost wet chemistry process compatible with state of the art detector fabrication. Nano-porous coatings can also be applied to other IR optical components such as IR lenses and windows. The feasibility of the proposed approach will be demonstrated in Phase I. In Phase II, we will test its applicability to practical sensor surfaces and show net improvements in detector performance.

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