MDA04-112: Ballistic Missile Innovative Electro-Optical Products – Hardened By Design Optical Coatings (HDOC)
Award: Phase I and Phase II
Reynard developed mirror coatings for both the visible spectral band and the long wave infrared spectral band that survive higher levels of x-ray radiation exposure than the incumbent designs. Theoretical modeling was validated against actual radiation testing at three different testing facilities, including one at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). The single-band visible, single-band infrared, and dual-band coatings all showed between 2.5x to 5x improvement in the damage threshold, while maintaining very high reflectivity. Samples are being evaluated in a long-term space environment as part of the MISSE-8 program.