SMI developing nanolayer process for improved lighting

Aug. 30, 2006 — Structured Materials Industries Inc. (SMI) reported that it has received funding to enhance high intensity lamp performance by developing a metal organic chemical vapor deposition process.

The process is intended to be a high volume production-worthy process. SMI said it is working closely with a well-established lamp manufacturer on the project. The intent is to improve performance through the use of optical coatings that allow the lamps to conserve energy while maximizing desired light output and minimizing non-useful light output. The company will use MOCVD processes to produce a series of functionally designed nanolayers to optimize internal reflection of non-useful light while allowing the desired wavelengths to pass freely through the applied coating.

The end result is slated to be a superior lighting technology for military and civilian applications. The funding came in the form of a DARPA Phase I SBIR.


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