Northrop Grumman had three patents in connectivity during Q1 2024. Northrop Grumman Corp has developed methods for manufacturing a high-performance optical absorber using capillary force lamination (CFL) and creating photonic integrated circuits (PIC) by depositing functional resist material and using nanopatterns. GlobalData’s report on Northrop Grumman gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Northrop Grumman grant share with connectivity as a theme is 33% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: High-performance optical absorber comprising functionalized, non-woven, cnt sheet and texturized polymer film or texturized polymer coating and manufacturing method thereof (Patent ID: US20240045119A1)

The patent filed by Northrop Grumman Corp. describes a method for manufacturing a high-performance optical absorber using capillary force lamination (CFL). The process involves texturizing a base layer, joining a non-woven carbon nanotube (CNT) sheet as a surface layer, wetting the layers with a solvent to draw the CNT sheet into the base layer, drying the layers, and treating the resulting base layer with plasma to create the optical absorber. Additional steps include plasma-treating the surface layer, creating specific ridge patterns on the base layer, and utilizing multi-walled CNTs in the surface layer.

The method also involves creating specific ridge patterns on the base layer, such as rectangular, triangular, or pyramidal ridges, with a pitch greater than or equal to 10 times the wavelength of incident light. The CNT sheet used has a porosity between 40% and 90%, with an areal density ranging from 10 to 30 grams per square meter. The surface layer may include both functionalized and non-functionalized sub-layers with different refractive indices. Overall, the process outlined in the patent aims to produce a high-performance optical absorber through precise texturization and layering techniques using CFL.

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