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Compact High Sensitive Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Instrument

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77536
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
055019
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Compact High Sensitive Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Instrument
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC06CA98C
Award Amount: $69,986.00
 

Abstract:

Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a versatile tool for in situ substance characterization. Existing LIBS instruments are not compact enough for space applications. Major obstructs for miniaturization are from: high voltage Q-switch based pulse laser, inefficient light collection system and bulky high sensitive array-detection. Based on a revolutionary low-voltage Q-switch technology and high efficient laser delivery and light collection scheme, Boston Applied Technologies proposes to develop an ultra-compact high sensitive LIBS instrument for NASA application. The laser featured fast and dual-pulse Q-switch with low switching voltage, ultra reliable fiber-ring cavity design, and high efficient laser-diode pumping. The low switching voltage also brings the advantage of reducing the complexity of the electronic driver design, which is a big chunk in existing electro-optical or acoustic-optic Q-switching lasers. The required ablation energy can be significantly reduced due to high efficiency of the proposed system. The resultant LIBS instrument will be compact, cost-effective and reliable. It will be capable of withstanding operation in space and planetary environmental extremes, which include temperature, pressure, radiation, and impact stresses.

Principal Investigator:

Qiushui Chen
Principal Investigator
7819352800
qchen@bostonati.com

Business Contact:

Kevin Zou
Business Official
7819352800
kzou@bostonati.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Boston Applied Technologies, Inc.
6F Gill Street Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 510414999
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No