Large Area Metamaterial Films

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0291
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-018-0456
Amount: $69,940.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T018
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anton Greenwald
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 935-1333
 agreenwald@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Rachel Carnes
Title: Manager Assistant
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: rcarnes@agiltron.com
Research Institution
 University of Michigan
 Barbara Rice
 University of Michigan
2114B EECS, 1301 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109 2122
 (734) 936-1956
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In this Phase I STTR research program Agiltron will demonstrate that low-cost, micro-contact printing is suitable for the fabrication of large area, thin-film, flexible metamaterials with unique optical properties for wavelengths between 2 and 14 microns. Our research partner, the University of Michigan, will use roll-to-roll micro-contact printing to pattern the fine structure of the metamaterial. Agiltron will complete fabrication and testing, proving feasibility of the concept. In Phase II the process would be scaled up to produce a large area suitable for demonstrating desired optical effects on actual naval assets. Desired physical effects result from photon-plasmon interactions in very thin, patterned metal-dielectric films deposited on polymer sheets for ease of handling. A university consultant will perform limited modeling for Phase I. Compared to standard practice, Agiltron’s innovative design allows use of larger features, no smaller than one-half the wavelength of the chosen resonant optical frequency, which can be micro-printed. Also the metal-dielectric metamaterials are much thinner than all dielectric combinations improving flexibility.

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