NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S1.05-7780
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Particles and Field Sensors and Instrument Enabling Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Deep UV Blocking Particle Filter

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
MicroXact, Inc.
1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 1007
Blacksburg, VA 24060 - 6375
(540) 394-4040

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Vladimir Kochergin
vkochergin@microxact.com
1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 1007
Blacksburg, VA 24060 - 6375
(540) 394-4040

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Elena Kochergina
ekochergina@microxact.com
1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 1007
Blacksburg, VA 24060 - 6375
(540) 394-4040

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
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?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
For sensitive detection of neutral and charged particles in satellite survey missions, instrumentation for the efficient rejection of EUV, Deep UV and visible flux is needed that also efficiently transmits the particles. At present, commercially available filters offer deep UV rejection, limited particle transmission efficiency, and limited lateral dimensions. The team of MicroXact Inc., Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University (ODU) is proposing to develop a deep UV blocking particle filter for NASA and commercial applications that will combine superior mechanical stability, with efficient UV blocking and high particle transmission efficiency. The proposed filter is based on macroporous silicon with conformal pore wall coating by Atomic Layer Deposition. In Phase I of the project the team will finalize the design of the MPSi structure, will make two iterations in fabrication of the filter prototype and will perform testing of both UV rejection and particle transmission to fully validate the proposed approach. In Phase II the team will optimize the material fabrication, and design and fabricate a packaged UV blocking particle filter that will fully comply with NASA specifications and will perform testing in a relevant environment. The filters developed on this SBIR project will be commercialized in Phase III.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Satellite survey missions (IMAP, MEDICI, DRIVE Initiative, EXPLORERs, DISCOVERY, CubeSats / Smallsats, etc.) require filtering the incident radiation to plasma and neutral particle sensors for applications such as space weather monitoring and forecasting, exploration of planetary environments and interstellar medium, etc. For sensitive detection of neutral and charged particles in satellite survey missions, an instrumentation for efficient rejection of EUV, Deep UV and visible flux is needed that also efficiently transmits the particles. The proposed concept, when developed and commercialized, is expected to have a significant and immediate impact on such NASA missions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Similar designs of these filters are expected to find considerable DoD applications in secure UV communication, an area being actively developed by a number of DoD agencies. Equally important are multiple DoE applications of the proposed technology spanning from plasma parameter monitoring in tokamaks, particle detection in accelerators, lightning and aurora studies, etc. Commercial applications include plasma monitoring in plasma etching systems, reactive ion etching systems and multiple other monitoring and control applications of tools using plasma (spanning from semiconductor processing to the medical field to general material science).

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.)
Filtering

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