Metamaterial Films by Roll-to-Roll Processing

Period of Performance: 06/15/2011 - 12/15/2011

$100K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Agiltron Corp.
15 Presidential Way Array
Woburn, MA 01801
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Michigan
3003 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Institution POC

Abstract

In this Phase I STTR research program we will demonstrate low-cost and high throughput roll-to-roll processing to fabricate large area metamaterials. This program leverages recent breakthrough in nano-imprinting technology at University of Michigan, our partner in this program. In Phase I, we will demonstrate the nano-imprinting of thin-film, flexible metamaterials with feature sizes down to less than 1 um, and show functional optical properties for the films for wavelengths between 0.3 and 14 microns. The desired physical effects will result from photon-plasmon interactions in very thin, patterned metal-dielectric films deposited on metal foil sheets for scalability and flexibility. These metamaterials will demonstrate the suitability of our nanoimprinting process to produce large-area, flexible films. In Phase II the process would be scaled up to roll to roll processing to produce large area films with desired optical effects on actual Air Force assets.