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STTR Phase I: Non-contact Surface Plasmon Enhanced Electric Field Sensors

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84930
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0712224
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Itn Energy Systems, Inc.
8130 Shaffer Parkway Littleton, CO 80127-4107
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: STTR Phase I: Non-contact Surface Plasmon Enhanced Electric Field Sensors
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0712224
Award Amount: $149,964.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research project will develop novel light weight, compact, non-contact electric field sensors for biomedical monitoring of low level signals. The sensors will utilize surface plasmon resonator structures fabricated on electro-optic materials such as lithium niobate. A single sensor will have a spatial resolution of a few microns, approaching the size of individual neurons, compared to the minimum several millimeters of existing contact sensors. Sensors can be interrogated using optical fibers for invasive research on brain activity, or grouped in arrays for clinical Electro-Encephalography (EEG) monitoring. This research will demonstrate the principle using a combination of fundamental modeling, test structure fabrication, and optical characterization with laboratory controlled electric fields. The proposed effort to make non-contact electric field sensors will provide a significant advancement in the state of the art in terms of sensitivity and spatial resolution. This would have an impact on brain research. The ease of use of non-contact sensors combined with the patient mobility provided by a wireless data link will make the package attractive for routine clinical brain monitoring.

Principal Investigator:

Russell E. Hollingsworth
Dr
3032855154
rhollingsworth@itnes.com

Business Contact:

Joanne W. Galko
PhD
3032855145
jgalko@itnes.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ITN Energy Systems Inc
8130 SHAFFER PKWY 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE LITTLETON, CO 80127

EIN/Tax ID: 841582609
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Colorado School of Mines
1500 Illinois
Golden, CO 80401 1887
Contact: Reuden T. Collins
Contact Phone: (303) 273-3851
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university