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RAP opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory     AFRL

Printed and Flexible Electronics and Photonics for USAF Sensor Applications


Sensors Directorate, RY/Sensors Division

opportunity location
13.35.01.B7392 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


name email phone
Emily M Heckman 937.713.8855


The goals of this research project are to utilize new and non-traditional fabrication techniques for creation of photonics, electronics, and opto-electronics (including packaging, interconnects, waveguides, and antenna structures) for sensor applications. We intend to first explore the current state-of-the art in capability utilizing existing materials to both create sensor structures and then analyze their performance against commonly produced and deployed counterparts. Latter phases of the research will attempt to improve the input materials (e.g., better inks) and fabrication processes (higher resolution deposition, new methods of sintering, or fabrication on flexible or non-planar substrates) to improve these initial results. Areas of emphasis include infrared sensing, electrically- or optically-pumped lasers, passive/active waveguiding and routing structures, and elements for building radiofrequency (RF) transceivers.



Aga RS Jr, Lombardi JP III, Bartsch CM, Heckman EM: IEEE Photonics Technology Letters (26)3: 305, 2014


key words
Photonics; Waveguides; Aerosol jet; Inkjet; Printed electronics; Flexible electronics;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$80,000.00 $5,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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