TASI: Thales Alenia Space Italia is the Italian branch of
Thales Alenia Space, a multinational company with more than 40 years of
experience in the design, integration, testing, operation and commissioning of
innovative space systems. Featuring cutting-edge technologies, these systems
meet the needs of commercial, government, scientific, defence and security
customers from around the world.
TASI will be in charge of the administrative
will lead the analysis of requirements, the definition of a plan to test
the lab demonstrators, and the validation of the technology in terms of
performance and technical / economical scalability and sustainability.
Furthermore, TASI will be directly engaged in the tests, and will contribute
with tests related to AIT operations. These activities are well aligned with
the expertise that TASI has matured over the years in the application and
testing of rigid and flexible OSRs.
CREO: Centro Ricerche Elettro-Ottiche is a
not-for-profit Consortium of Enterprises and Universities, established in
L’Aquila in 1990. The Consortium is currently controlled by Finmeccanica
S.p.A., that owns 99% of the shares. Selex ES and the University of L’Aquila
are the other two Consortium members: the former owns the remaining 1% of the
shares, the latter contributes with technical support and free access to
its material characterization labs.
CREO’s facilities cover an area of about 600 m2, and
include labs for electronic, electro-optical and optical testing and
characterizations, plus a clean room equipped for the vacuum deposition,
photolithographic patterning, etching, and material characterization of thin
films and microdevices.
In META-REFLECTOR, further to the project scientific
and technical coordination, CREO will be the partner in charge of the
optimization, manufacturing and testing of the high performance meta-OSRs and
smart meta-OSRs made by PVD deposition and EBL patterning. This activity will
take advantage of the sound expertise that CREO has maturated in the field of
thermo-optical coatings with constant- and temperature
variable-emissivity for space applications, which represent today (together
with IR sensing) one of the two main lines of research of the Centre.
UniSOTON: is a leading research
center in the area of plasmonics and metamaterials, with expertise ranging from
nanofabrication and optical characterization. Since 2010, the institute hosts a
£110M clean room with state of the art fabrication facilities for prototyping
to wafer-scale production of nanoelectronic and photonic devices.
The main tasks of UniSOTON in META-REFLECTOR are the
conceptual design and modelling of metamaterial
OSR/thermal coatings; the fabrication of initial small area breadboatrds, their optical
characterization, and evaluation of tolerances; selection of most promising
architectures for upscaling. These activities
are perfectly aligned with the capabilities of the entity in conceptual design,
prototyping, and its positioning at the lower TRL levels of the project.
Already preliminary results have been presented which demonstrate the
technological capabilities of this partner and the commitment to the aims of
O.Muskens@soton.ac.uk (Otto Muskens)
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NILT: The privately owned company NIL Technology ApS (NILT) was
established in February 2006. NILT is focusing on delivering state-of-the-art
masters for micro- and nanostructure replication. The technologies applied are
silicon processing technologies, with unique capabilities within electron beam
lithography, DUV lithography and nanoimprint lithography (NIL). Focus is on
providing stamps for nanoimprint lithography, masters for casting of polymers,
shims for hot embossing, Roll-2-Roll printing and injection moulding.
In META-REFLECTOR, NILT will be the partner in charge of
the fabrication by Nano Imprint Lithography of meta-OSR patterns on
plastic foils and areas up to 6 inch in diameter. This role perfectly matches the core expertise of
NILT in Nano Imprint Lithography.
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