Nov. 6, 2006 -- nGimat Co. of Atlanta announced it has been awarded a one year, $390,000 Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) project with a second optional year consisting of an additional $360,000 to develop yttrium aluminum oxide nanopowder that can be processed into transparent, small grained polycrystalline, laser host materials. The research project is funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and is monitored by the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md.
Successful completion of Phase II objectives would position nGimat to sell nanopowder for production of military and commercial High Energy Laser (HEL) systems. Solid-state lasers are used in a variety of industrial applications including materials processing, healthcare, basic research, instrumentation, and microelectronics.
In the previous Phase I effort, nGimat succeeded in producing high purity, crystalline nanopowders that were pressed and sintered into polycrystalline Nd doped YAG pellets. The Phase II program is intended to enable further development and manufacturing scale up to produce commercial quantities of ultrapure unagglomerated yttrium aluminum oxide nanopowder with a particle size less than 100 nm in diameter.