Air Force asks ARCTOS and UES for new electro-optical and electronic materials for electronic warfare (EW)

May 2, 2024
Company will develop electronic, photonic, electro-optical and quantum materials, including prototypes, models, and computational tools.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – U.S. Air Force researchers needed new electronic, photonic, electro-optical, and quantum materials for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), as well as for electronic warfare (EW). They found their solution from ARCTOS Technology Solutions LLC in Beavercreek, Ohio, and from UES Inc. in Dayton, Ohio.

Officials of the Electronic Materials Branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, on Tuesday announced separate $12 million contracts to ARCTOS and UES for the Materials for Integrated Nano-electronic and Optoelectronic Structures (MINOS) project.

MINOS seeks to enhance electronic, electro-optical, photonic, magnetic, ferroic, and quantum materials; wide-bandgap and ultra wide-bandgap semiconductors; digital and analog switching materials; electronic materials integration; and hybrid systems to enable next- generation ISR and EW systems for Air Force applications.

Air Force missions require sustained operations in extremely harsh environmental conditions, researchers explain. ARCTOS and UES scientists will pursue material advances for electronic, photonic, electro-optical, and quantum materials.

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ARCTOS and UES will conduct research in photonic, electro-optical, and quantum materials for ISR and EW applications. This includes solid-state qubits; optical, RF, and hybrid material technologies; modulator materials, RF magnetic materials and materials for integrated photonics; and electro-optical sensing.

Company researchers seek to develop and demonstrate electronic, photonic, electro-optical and quantum materials, including prototypes, models, and computational tools. Researchers want industry to develop new materials through physical vapor and chemical vapor deposition processes to grow magnetic, electronic, opto- electronic, and optical thin films for pulsed laser deposition, sputtering, molecular beam epitaxy, atomic layer deposition, and molecular layer deposition.

ARCTOS and UES will fabricate materials into different shapes and sizes, and create areas that are conducting (like metals), semiconducting (like dichalgenides) or insulating (like oxides and nitrides) using focused ion beam, ultra violet lithography, nano lithography, e-beam lithography, reactive ion etching, wet chemical treatment involving acids and solvents, metal vaporation and sputtering, ion implantation, and mechanical and electronic fixture arrangements.

For more information contact ARCTOS online at, UES at, or the Air Force Research Laboratory at

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