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Miniaturized Lab-on-a-Chip Polarimeter

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
2520 W. 237th Street Torrance, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Miniaturized Lab-on-a-Chip Polarimeter
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC07QA53P
Award Amount: $99,998.00


Life on Earth is unique in many ways; one of its great mysteries is that all the biomolecules of Earth's life are chiral and non-racemic. In our pursuit of life on Mars and beyond, it is likely that one of the clues to extant or extinct life is non-racemic chiral molecules. This proposal describes the development of a highly miniaturized and ultrasensitive lab-on-a-chip polarimeter to determine the chirality of samples. This proposal is based on a novel technology to achieve the miniaturization and high sensitivity desired for this application. In Phase 1 of this project, we will design and construct the miniaturized polarimeter and develop the software to run the instrument. The polarimeter will be tested with representative samples and with plans to integrate the device to the Mars Organic Analyzer that is being developed at the University of California, Berkeley. In Phase 2 we will carry out the optimization and ruggedization of the device for space-use and will carry out additional testing and integration to the Mars Organic Analyzer.

Principal Investigator:

Srivatsa J. Venkatasubbarao
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Lothar U. Kempen
Vice President, R&D
Small Business Information at Submission:

Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
2520 W. 237th Street Torrance, CA 90505

EIN/Tax ID: 954680779
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No