NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 S1.04-9253
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Sensor and Detector Technology for Visible, IR, Far IR and Submillimeter
PROPOSAL TITLE: Multi-layer Far-Infrared Component Technology

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Zyberwear, Inc.
2114 New Victor Road
Ocoee, FL 34761 - 9115
(407) 295-5955

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Oliver Edwards
2114 New Victor Road
Ocoee, FL 34761 - 9115
(407) 295-5955

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 3 to 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This Phase I SBIR will demonstrate the feasibility of a process to create multi-layer thin-film optics for the far-infrared/sub-millimeter wave spectral region. The process will create alternating sub-wavelength layers of window and air with high index contrast. The process proven in Phase I will be applied to Phase II commercial prototypes including mirrors with reflectivity exceeding 99.99%, design tunable band-pass and band-blocking filters, anti-reflection optics, and scanning Fabry-Perot spectrometers with simultaneous unprecedented high resolution and broad free spectral range at 100 micron wavelengths. Such spectroscopic component technology can be immediately integrated into a number of future NASA missions in Earth and planetary science, astronomy, and astrophysics, as well as having dual use and large potential markets in defense, security, and biomedicine.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Sensor improvements to meet the sensing needs of future Earth science, planetary science, and astronomy & astrophysics missions. The far-infrared spectra of galactic sources are used to determine atomic and molecular abundances, temperatures and electron densities [7], and high resolution is needed in the study of molecular line shapes, which are important for kinematic studies Far-infrared spectra are useful to measure abundance of atmospheric gases such as H20, O3, CO, and N2O [4, 8]. Even non-polar atmospheric molecules such as N2, O2, and CO2 can be detected at submillimeter wavelengths due to weak transient dipole moments induced by collisions [4]. Other minor atmospheric constituents such as HNO3, NO2, HCl, HF, and OH may be detected also [4].
The array of market opportunities within NASA for these components, and more broadly in the defense and biomedical communities, make the subject technology a very attractive business opportunity.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
SECURITY: The ability of THz imaging to see through luggage walls, envelopes, and clothing and simultaneously to run a "fingerprint" spectrum on complex molecules (drugs, explosives, weaponry) it senses makes rapid development of the proposed THz optical technology very desirable.
MEDICINE: THz can image skin cancer clearly, when ordinary photography reveals nothing, and can replace dental -rays... while delivering a spectral analysis of the image.
MILITARY APPLICATIONS: The military obviously has all the security-control problems of the commercial market. Two additional problems are of military importance: mine clearing and remote detection of improvised explosive devices. THz imaging can penetrate through dry soil and show buried metallic and nonmetallic objects

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.

Airport Infrastructure and Safety
Biomolecular Sensors
Optical & Photonic Materials

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