NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-2 S2.05-8681
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Optics Manufacturing and Metrology for Telescope Optical Surfaces
PROPOSAL TITLE: High Reflectivity, Broad-Band Silver Coating

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Surface Optics Corporation
11555 Rancho Bernardo Road
San Diego, CA 92127 - 1441
(858) 675-7404

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
David Sheikh
11555 Rancho Bernardo Road
San Diego, CA 92127 - 1441
(858) 675-7404

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Silver coatings for optics greater than 2-meters in diameter are sought by NASA for future space telescope systems. In the Phase I research, Surface Optics Corporation (SOC) investigated several new coating systems for protecting silver. The new coating designs are derivations based on a patented coating design created at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The new designs improve the coating's reflectance performance, particularly in the UV region, while maintaining stability in humid and/or corrosive environments. In addition, SOC devised and installed a new piece of coating equipment, which improves the ability to apply exceptionally thin protective layers, by better monitoring the shape of the evaporation plume.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Fills enabling technology need primarily for Astrophysics mission: SIM, TPF, JDEM (SNAP). Potential benefit to future misions in Heliophysics and Planetary Science.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
TMT, Hobby-Eberly (HET), SALT, GTC, and Solar Concentrator Systems for power generation.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Large Antennas and Telescopes
Optical & Photonic Materials

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