Materials & Processes

High performance electro-optical sensors require specialized materials and processes that promote or control their targeted structural, thermal, or chemical properties. SDL has developed a versatile portfolio of advanced materials and processes relevant to the fabrication of state-of-the-art sensors and space-based instrumentation.


  • Metal alloy thermal processing of optical structure and components
    • Heat treating and quenching
    • Artificial aging
    • Stress relief processing
  • Application of primers for corrosion resistance
  • Surface preparations for adhesive bonding
  • Painting and coating processes
    • Polymeric and carbon nanotube diffuse blacks
    • Specular blacks
    • Inorganic and polymeric thermal control coatings
  • Chemical passivation and bright dips
  • Optical bonding
    • Bonded optical mounts
    • Bonded interfaces to optical fiber arrays
  • Humidity cures and water permeation measurements
  • Vacuum bakeout and thermal conditioning
  • Custom composite layup, autoclave processing, machining, and bonding
  • Multi-layer insulation blanket fabrication laboratory
  • Thermal interfaces



Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

The WISE cryogenically-cooled infrared telescope provided a complete stellar infrared map more than 1,000 times more detailed than previous surveys.


Spatial Infrared Imaging Telescope

SPIRIT III was the infrared sensor aboard MDA’s Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX). This long-wave infrared instrumentation package consisted of a high spatial resolution radiometer, a high spectral resolution interferometer-spectrometer, and an extremely high-off-axis-rejection telescope.