This Challenge is seeking next-generation optical materials for use in long range spectral analysis. That is, new materials that can be used as optical apertures in the 3-12 micron band/spectrum. A fuller range of 0.5 to 14 microns would be the “ideal solution”.
Details will be provided in the full Challenge description.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, rationale, and a test sample (preferred) or evidence that a test sample can be produced with the appropriate properties in the foreseeable future.
Optical nano-materials are a hot item in research today. It is the hopes of many to be able to state the properties needed and then predict and produce the material that will fit the application using nano-materials. Current optical nano-materials are fairly low in terms of current Technology Readiness Level (TRL estimated to be at the 2/3 approaching 4). The Seeker desires new materials that can be brought to higher TRL through improvements and maturation that can transmit in the 3-12 micron spectrum. The ultimate goal of this Challenge is to identify candidates and obtain samples (now and /or in the near future) that can meet the requirements and help bring those to higher TRL levels by partnering/supporting Solvers in their work. Note: Although we specifically mention optical nano-materials as a potential solution, it is not a requirement of this Challenge to use them. Solvers can use any new materials that meet the requirements; however, known, well established, window materials that are unmodified will not be considered a solution. (for example sapphire, diamond, ZnS, ZnSe)
The submission to the Challenge should include the following:
Receipt of a Challenge award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker. Strictly Theoretical solutions (no data/samples) will be considered for a lesser award.
To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 23, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.
What is an RTP Challenge?
An InnoCentive RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to an InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of IP rights, please see the Challenge-Specific Agreement.