NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S1.05-8269
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Particles and Field Sensors and Instrument Enabling Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: LENA Conversion Foils Using Single-Layer Graphene

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Luxel Corporation
60 Saltspring Drive, PO Box 1879
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 - 8040
(360) 378-4137

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Bruce Lairson
60 Saltspring Dr.
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 - 8040
(360) 378-4137

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mrs. Dianne Hall
60 Saltspring Dr., PO Box 1879
Friday Harbor, WA 98250 - 8040
(360) 378-4137

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Particles and Field Sensors and Instrument Enabling Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Our key innovation will be the use of single-layer graphene as LENA conversion foils, with appropriate microgrids and nanogrids to support the foils. Phase I develops a way to make the freestanding foils with usable size and perfection, and investigates added features such as EUV blocking. Phase II will make modifications to the graphene foil itself as needed for specific types of missions. For example, the existing graphene may be suitable in cases where incident LENA flux is high and the energy range of the instrument is high. Modified graphene may be necessary to increase conversion efficiency for converting to particular species, such as H+ or O-.
In our proposal, we have fabricated small graphene coupons using existing methods, and shown these to optically consist of a carbon monolayer. The single-layer graphene mass density is 10X lower than conventional amorphous carbon foils. The Phase I activities build on this demonstration, and advances the TRL from the present TRL3 to TRL4. Phase I also comprises modeling and analysis in preparation for Phase II, which is expected to begin at TRL4 and end at TRL6.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
LENA conversion surfaces for a variety of instrument energy ranges and imaging applications.
-EUV band filters with superior blocking/passband characteristics
-Electron transparent membranes which can separate space environments from instruments.
-Ultrafine metal grids for electrostatic acceleration and detection.
-Visible-light transparent contamination blocking filters (CBFs) for cooled detectors in spacecraft.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Electron microscope specimen supports
-EUV transmission elements and bandpass filters for EUV light sources
-Strip foils for DOE facilities
-Particle shields for semiconductor EUV lithography equipment.
-Photocathode substrates for low energy X-ray imaging.
-Ultralow mass density carbon foils for 3-dimensional bioimage reconstruction

Luxel currently supplies components for all of the above applications. Future applications include graphene bolometers, other membrane sensors, and infrared bandpass filters.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
3D Imaging
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Analytical Methods
Ionizing Radiation
Processing Methods

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