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THE SWEPT FIELD CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
61092
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
MH065724
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Prairie Technologies, Inc.
P.O. Box 620677 3030 Laura Lane Suite # 140 Middleton, WI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: THE SWEPT FIELD CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43MH065724-01
Award Amount: $142,251.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant) Confocal microscopy is an essential tool for the biological sciences. It has significantly enhanced the testing of hypotheses in the Neurosciences and has provided insights into the causes of neurological disorders. The goal of this project is to develop a new type of confocal microscope based on a new concept, the swept-field confocal design (SFC). The SFC has the potential of becoming an attachment for the light microscope that could be purchased by the individual scientist for under $50,000. The SFC is a revolutionary confocal concept in which this hybrid-instrument uses an 86 x 12 array of stationary pinholes for illumination and detection along one axis (e.g. the Y axis) while using one galvanometer to sweep the illumination along the X axis. This phase I project has five specific objectives. We will: 1) Design and build a swept-field confocal microscope; 2) modify existing digital camera acquisition software to make SFC control software; 3) Compare the optical efficiency and resolution of the SFC and present day LSCMs; 4) Calculate the manufacturing costs of the SFC and determine whether the SFC could come to market at $45,000, and finally 5) Test the performance of the swept-field confocal microscope in biological applications.

Principal Investigator:

Michael J. Szulczewski
6086620022
MIKES@PRAIRIE-TECHNOLOGIES.COM

Business Contact:

Michael Szulczewski
6086620022
MIKES@PRAIRIE-TECHNOLOGIES.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

PRAIRIE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
PRAIRIE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 3230 DEMING WAY, STE 175 MIDDLETON, WI 53562

EIN/Tax ID: 391848666
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No