Science and Applications of Metameterials to Interceptor Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7207
Agency Tracking Number: B08B-009-0005
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA08-T009
Solicitation Number: 2008.B
Small Business Information
Phoebus Optoelectronics LLC
12 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY, 10013
DUNS: 145785528
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Crouse
 Chief Technology Officer
 (845) 519-7463
Business Contact
 Thomas James
Title: CEO
Phone: (703) 795-7218
Research Institution
 Research Foundation - City College
 Regina Masterson
 160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY, 10031
 (212) 650-7908
 Nonprofit college or university
The proposed project will develop three actively configurable metamaterial of relevance to both i) MDA’s high-priority and near-term need for stray light testing and diagnosis and ii) the interceptor functions of THAAD, Ascent Phase Interceptors, MKV and Space Systems. Phoebus’s configurable metamaterials aperture arrays will consist of single-layer metallic thin films patterned with light-channeling subwavelength sized dielectric apertures. All structures will tap into the metamaterial phenomenon of anomalous optical transmission (AOT) through subwavelength sized apertures, that allow almost 100% of an incident beam to be transmitted through the structures. The apertures will be filled with electro-optical materials that exhibit tuning of their dielectric constants when a voltage is applied, hence tuning of the transmissive/reflectance properties as well. Two of the devices will be actively configurable apertures that will be will be integrated into the stray light detection system being developed by Phase I awardee, Opt-E. The third device is a light harvesting, tunable, wavelength selective transmitting/lensing metamaterial that can be switch between the transmission and lensing of MWIR and LWIR spectral bands. Phoebus has developed a realizable commercialization plan to exploit profitable markets for sensor systems, advanced optical components, polarimetric sensing and renewable energy devices using its patent-pending metamaterials.

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