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Electrostatic, non-fluorescent trigger for aerosolized biological threats using…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Award ID:
91455
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
C091-109-0153
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Orono Spectral Solutions Inc.
689 Odlin Road Bangor, ME -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Electrostatic, non-fluorescent trigger for aerosolized biological threats using fluctuation enhanced sensing.
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Contract: W911SR-09-P-0042
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

The objective of this Phase I proposal is to perform a theoretical exploration of the fundamental and practical limits of detection by fluctuation enhanced sensing and statistical inference based sensing methods when applied to an electrostatic-based trigger for non-fluorescent biological warfare threats. To enable < 1000 ACPLA detection levels of bacterial spores in real-time, these statistical methods will be applied to electrometer noise patterns when particle concentrations produce electric currents that are at or below the characteristic signal-to-noise level of the electrometer. The proposed hardware design for the electrostatic trigger is based upon the Faraday cup electrometer design for detecting ionized/unipolar charged aerosol particles. The electrostatic trigger will be a modification of an existing electrostatic precipitator detection system that is currently being developed. To facilitate low detection levels of bacterial spores beyond conventional Faraday cup designs, a novel corona pre-charge section will be incorporated within the trigger. The corona pre-charge section will maximize the amount of imparted charge per spore, thereby resulting in the largest possible electric currents produced per spore as measured by the collector cup.

Principal Investigator:

Luke Doucette
Vice President
8662698007
luke.doucette@ossmaine.com

Business Contact:

Luke Doucette
Vice President
8662698007
luke.doucette@ossmaine.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ORONO SPECTRAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
983 Stillwater Avenue Old Town, ME 04468

EIN/Tax ID: 201477938
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No