NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-2 S3.03-7534
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Power Electronics and Management, and Energy Storage
PROPOSAL TITLE: Development of Diamond Vacuum Differential Amplifier for Harsh Environment Power Electronics

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Scientic, Inc.
6700 Odyssey Drive, Suite 105
Huntsville, AL 35806 - 3304
(256) 319-0858

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Steven Renfrow
6700 Odyssey Drive, Suite 105
Huntsville, AL 35806 - 3304
(256) 319-0865

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jane F. Christian
6700 Odyssey Drive, Suite 105
Huntsville, AL 35806 - 3304
(256) 319-0854

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Power Electronics and Management, and Energy Storage 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)
In this proposed Phase II, Scientic and Vanderbilt University will develop a novel vacuum field emission differential amplifier (VFEDA) using low electron affinity nanodiamond (ND) material as electron emitters for high-power electronic application in harsh environments. The ND-VFEDA is a fundamental circuit building block for vacuum integrated circuits (VICs) ideally suited for high radiation and space applications. The proposed high-power ND-VFEDA will be capable of operating over a wide-temperature range (-125˚C to 450˚C), possess tolerance to extreme doses of ionizing radiation and deliver the long-term reliability and stability needed to successfully execute environmentally stressful space science missions.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The anticipated exceptional radiation hardness, temperature intensity, and performance parameters of the diamond-based vacuum differential amplifiers make them well suited to all space-based applications. Scientic market research has found a need for high power amplifiers in satellite operations for both NASA and DOD applications. Low to no impedance high power switching is required in many research areas within NASA, such as electrostatic analyzers (ESA) used in Heliophysics experiments.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Previous experience and research has demonstrated a requirement for extreme temperature and radiation hardened amplifiers for defense and space applications. Scientic believes multiple programs run by the Air Force Research laboratory and the Air Force Space and Missile Center would benefit from technology utilizing ND-VFEDA devices.

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.)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Manufacturing Methods
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)

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