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Woburn, MA, United States

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 148.07K | Year: 2015

Agiltron will develop a new class of chemical vapor analyzer by leveraging Agiltrons development and production of micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS) products and expertise with surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) analysis and film fabrication. Our approach capitalizes on integration of these separate technologies to generate a unique and novel functionality that fully addresses all requirements of this program. The proposed chip-based device contains a micro-sized vapor sampling apparatus coupled with an optical chemical readout. The technical approach will be proven in Phase I through numerical analysis, design, and experiments. Prototype sensors will be produced in Phase II for delivery to the DTRA.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.62K | Year: 2015

Agiltron Inc. is proposing a mid-infrared, hyperspectral, tomography-based sensor to achieve high sensitivity, accuracy, speed and resolution, and three dimensional chemical/biological warfare agent concentration monitoring in an explosion plume. This innovative approach will leverage Agiltrons existing expertise in gas sensing, spectral imaging, wavelength multiplexing/de-multiplexing, optical component manufacturing expertise. The successful implementation of the proposed research will offer a robust new technology for real time automatic explosion measurement for DOD test labs.

Agiltron Corporation | Date: 2010-03-02

A MEMS variable optical attenuator (VOA) chip includes a frame having a planar surface, a micro-electric actuator with a movable optical shutter arranged with respect to the planar surface of the frame, where the VOA is actuated by thermal expansion. The micro-electric actuator comprises semiconductor conductors (wires) that can be moved, upon applying an electrical current, by thermal expansion. In one embodiment, the MEMS VOA chip is configured in a multiple wire arrangement that restricts the shutter movement in a plane.

Agiltron Corporation | Date: 2011-10-04

Methods for depositing multiple layers of nanoporous coatings and systems that implement those methods.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.94K | Year: 2016

Thin-film, lightweight, large-area flexible inorganic solar cells have shown promise to meet the militarys remote power needs on the battlefield. However, thin film solar cells normally have inferior conversion efficiencies due to limited absorption of sunlight by the thin active layer. Various approaches have been investigated to improve conversion efficiencies of thin film solar cells. Among these approaches, metallic nanostructure induced light scattering or trapping in the thin films have been demonstrated as an effective approach. Another approach to enhance solar cell efficiencies is a broadband, wide angle anti-reflective coating. Therefore, it will be ideal if a coating can perform multi-functions: top electrode, AR coating, and scattering long wavelengths into the solar cell. Leveraging its previous development of high performance flexible solar cells for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Agiltron proposes to develop nanostructured multi-functional top coatings for flexible thin film inorganic solar cells. The proposed top electrode can be readily applied on flexible thin film solar cells to achieve short-circuit current improvement by a factor of 25%. Phase I of this program is to demonstrate the technical feasibility through modeling, analysis, and experimentation.

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