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Company Information:

Name: PRINCETON SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS, INC.
Address: 7 Deer Park Drive
Suite C
Monmouth Junction, NJ
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (732) 274-0774

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,600,722.00 55
SBIR Phase II $15,397,063.00 27
STTR Phase I $349,382.00 5
STTR Phase II $1,745,555.00 3

Award List:

THIS IS A PROPOSAL TO CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF THE MARKET FOR NOX ABATEMENT TECHNOLOGIES, SOURCES OF NOX EMISSIONS, AVAILABLE ABATEMENT TECHNOLOGIES, AND THE SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING OF NOX GENERATION AND ABATEMENT.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David w blair
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to conduct a comprehensive survey of the market for nox abatement technologies, sources of nox emissions, available abatement technologies, and the scientific understanding of nox generation and abatement. this survey will include extensive computerized searches of the domestic,… More

ANGULAR MOTION SENSOR FOR CANNON MUZZLE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,474.00

A 2048 X 2048 PIXEL CCD X-RAY IMAGE SENSOR SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: A D Cope , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $50,000.00

AN EXTREME TEMPERATURE, ULTRACLEAN RADIANT FURNACE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to develop a cool-walled radiant furnace for operation at extremely high temperatures (up to 3300 k in the prototype version of this proposal). it will employ refractory metal electrical resistance heaters in configurations that present near one hundred percent viewfactors as seen… More

ANGULAR MOTION SENSOR FOR CANNON MUZZLE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $328,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed angular motion sensor system is based on dynamically measuring the position of a light beam re flected by a mirror mounted on the cannon muzzle to determine pitch and yaw motion and measuring the position of two small light sources mounted on opposite sides of the muzzle to determine… More

ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE BURNER SYSTEM WITH PRECISION MOTION STAGE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David W Blair
Award Amount: $57,831.00

A 2048 X 2048 PIXEL CCD X-RAY IMAGE SENSOR SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: A D Cope , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This project will develop and evaluate an x-ray diagnostic imaging system based on a ccd-type, solid-state image sensorhaving 2048 x 2048 pixels in a 55 x 55 mm format. the proposed test and evaluation program is designed to demonstrate the superior x-ray imaging performance of this lens-coupled ccd… More

DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH SENSITIVITY SWIR AND MWIR CAMERAS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: A D Cope
Award Amount: $55,000.00
Abstract:
Shortwave infrared (swir) and mediumwave infrared (mwir) measurements are needed to characterize emissions produced in space by spacecraft surfaces, engine exhaust and other spacecraft contaminants as well as the spatial variability of atmospheric ir emissions. the proposed study is to complete the… More

ISOTOPE SEPARATION BY AEROSOLIZATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Albert L Myerson , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $48,637.00
Abstract:
Aerosolization is shown to be a particularly effective meansof exploiting the physical/chemical properties of surface phases to effect chemical separations, and it is herein proposed as a method of separating metal isotopes. the technique requires only that an aerosolizing gas be bubbled through a… More

REMOTE SPECTROSCOPY IN GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $48,564.00
Abstract:
The sensitivity of the human eye is limited to the spectral band from 450 to about 650 nm. however, materials also varyin optical absorptivity and reflectivity in the ultraviolet and near infrared on either side of this "visible" spectral band. it is almost certain that the optical information in… More

CCD CAMERA SYSTEM FOR X-RAY DIFRACTION IMAGING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00

ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE BURNER SYSTEM WITH PRECISION MOTION STAGE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David W Blair
Award Amount: $598,000.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to design, construct, test and deliver a laboratory burner system with microprocessor control of four degrees of positional freedom (xyz0) and of two flowrates. the burner will have a universal base upon which liquid cooled burner tips can be installed. two tips, a jet tip and a… More

HIGH FRAMING RATE CAMERA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L Lowrance
Award Amount: $60,000.00

INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE THE OXYGEN EQUILIBRIUM CURVE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David W Blair
Award Amount: $59,291.00

CCD CAMERA SYSTEM FOR X-RAY DIFRACTION IMAGING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This project will investigate the advantages of a new 2,048 x 2,048-pixel ccd-type solid-state image sensor for x-ray diffraction applications on biological macromolecules. the ccd will be fiberoptically coupled directly to an x-ray-sensitive phosphor screen, eliminating the image intensifier… More

INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE THE OXYGEN EQUILIBRIUM CURVE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David W Blair
Award Amount: $194,375.00
Abstract:
This is a proposal to design, manufacture and deliver a new fully automated instrument to measure, record and analyze the oxygen equilibrium curve of blood and/or hemoglobin solutions. it will be a working version of an instrument existing in the contracting army laboratory. it will be fully… More

SIGHT INTEGRATION OF AN AUTOMATIC MUZZLE REFERENCE SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John L Lowrance , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $60,000.00
Abstract:
A tank cannon gun barrel bends under the influence of tank motion, solar heating, and during and after firing rounds of ammunition. by detecting the resultant angular motion of the muzzle relative to the trunnion in real time the fire control system can correct these significant sources of pointing… More

XUV IMAGE DETECTOR ARRAY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,741.00
Abstract:
In most current xuv image sensors, the photocathode is evaporated on the surface of a microchannel plate. however,the detective quantum efficiency of these devices is degraded by the microchannel plate surface and the attendantphotoelectron ballistic path in reaching the channels. in comparison with… More

OPTICAL DETECTION & MEASUREMENT OF CONDOM DEFECTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: John Lowrence
Award Amount: $50,000.00

OPTICAL DETECTION AND MEASUREMENT OF CONDOM EFFECTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $50,000.00

HIGH FRAMING RATE CAMERA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L Lowrance
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of very high frame rate television type image sensors applicable to capturing rapid mechanical motion and transient photometri phenomena. the requirement is for an image sensor system capable of capturing 100 to 1000 frames at a rate in the order of 1,000,000… More

OPTICAL DETECTION & MEASUREMENT OF CONDOM DEFECTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: John Lowrence
Award Amount: $495,000.00
Abstract:
The research is directed toward the development of a means of optically detecting and measuring defects in condoms. basic measurements indicate that optical inspection is more sensitive and provides more information as to the characteristics of the defects than currently used inspection… More

DIGITAL ENHANCEMENT AND VIDEO STORAGE OF REAL-TIME FLASH X-RAYS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $5,600.00

A THOMSON-SCATTERING PLASMA DIAGNOSTIC FOR MATERIALS TESTING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Dirck L. Dimock
Award Amount: $50,000.00

CONDUCTIVE POLYMER IGNITORS FOR LARGE GUN PROPELLANT CHARGES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David W. Blair
Award Amount: $49,860.00

DETECTION AND MEASUREMENT OF CONDOM DEFECTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $432,145.00

A THOMSON-SCATTERING PLASMA DIAGNOSTIC FOR MATERIALS TESTING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Dirck L. Dimock
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
The next generation of magnetic fusion research machines, such as the international thermonuclear experimental reactor, imposes extraordinary demands on the first wall materials in the vacuum vessel and especially the diverters. this phase i effort addresses the design of a thomson-scattering- based… More

DIGITAL ENHANCEMENT AND VIDEO STORAGE OF REAL-TIME FLASH X-RAYS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $775,595.00
Abstract:
Pitch and yaw at the moment of launch are important parameters when characterizing the ballistic performance of a kinetic energy projectile. presently, data on projectile orientation is acquired using x-ray cameras involving photographic film which must be developed and the images then manually… More

High Resolution Ultraviolet Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J.l. Lowrance
Award Amount: $74,830.00
Abstract:
High resolution image sensors, sensitive in the near to mid ultraviolet, and suitable for use in space are needed to improve the ability to detect and track objects in space. Such image sensors would also find use in atmospheric pollution measurements and ground based imaging of ionospheric… More

Improved Visible Image Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $57,058.00
Abstract:
This proposal is to develop a back illuminated Charged Coupling Device solid state image sensor with improved quantum efficiency in the ultraviolet qs well as the visible. the high quantum efficiency that can be attained with back illuminated CCDs, combined with the low readout nosie at fast frame… More

High-Spatial-Resolution Neural Electric Field Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal is to investigate the application, to neural recording and stimulation, of two dimensional microelectrode integrated circuit arrays that have been developed by the DoD as the readout structure for infrared imaging. The self scanning capability of these integrated circuit microelectrode… More

Back-Illuminated, Charge-Coupled-Device Image Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: J.L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $50,000.00

High Frequency Hypersonic Fluid Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $79,000.00

X-Ray Diffraction Camera for On-Orbit Analysis and Characterization of Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $50,000.00

CONDUCTIVE POLYMER IGNITORS FOR LARGE GUN PROPELLANT CHARGES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David W. Blair
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
The problem of igniting propellant charges for large caliber guns involves control of ignition timing, distribution, and reliability; safety; resistance to unintended ignition; long shelf life and simplicity. also, if a new system is to be used, the possibility of retrofit to existing weapons is… More

High Frequency Hypersonic Fluid Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $330,109.00
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of a instrumentation suitable for measuring time-resolved thermodynamic or velocity fluctuations in hypersonic wind tunnel flow. A very high frame rate television type solid state camera capable of capturing images of transient photometric phenomena at framing… More

X-Ray Diffraction Camera for On-Orbit Analysis and Characterization of Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $481,976.00

High Storage Density Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David W. Blair
Award Amount: $59,983.00
Abstract:
Phase I will investigate the feasibility of developing a novel class of very high capacitance per unit volume capacitors. It is expected to produce capacitances of Farads in volumes usually limited to micro Farads without the low voltage, low current limitations of many electrolytic types. Because… More

Digital Howitzer Sight

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Stephen R. Smith
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The present fire control sights on U.S. howitzers are optical instruments that require manual leveling, manual input of fire commands, optical reference to a collimator or other reference point to determine weapon azimuth, and reference to a bubble vial for weapon elevation. This manual operation… More

Fast Uv Slitless Spectrometer For Meteor Research

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance , Director Of Research
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Second Harmonic Imaging Interferometry for Magnetic Fusion Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Dirck L. Dimock , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
40459 Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc. Interferometric arrays of 10 to 30 channels, used in measuring electron density profile and time history, are standard elements of most contemporary magnetic fusion devices. As fusion devices evolve toward large complex cross sections and shaped… More

High Frame Rate XUV/X-RAY Imager

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr. John L. Lowrance , Director of Research
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
40464 Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc. The intense beams-of photons, now available from synchrotron, light ring facilities such as the Advanced Photon Source (APS), make feasible research experiments that were not practical or possible heretofore, especially in the hard ultraviolet and… More

Optical Patternation of Sprays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Long Range Imaging and Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $96,000.00

Fast Uv Slitless Spectrometer For Meteor Research

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance , Director Of Research
Award Amount: $600,000.00

ILARTS Imaging Sensor for Day/Night Aircraft Approach and Landing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Optical Patternation of Sprays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The proposal is to develop a high frame rate imaging system for combustion and other research, by combining a solid state camera capable of capturing images of transient photometric phenomena at framing rates up to 1,000,000 frames per second with the laser sheet illumination technology that has… More

ILARTS Imaging Sensor for Day/Night Aircraft Approach and Landing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $597,104.00
Abstract:
The television cameras utilized by aircraft carrier Landing Signal Officers need to provide good imagery, day and night, under conditions where the aircraft is illuminated by ambient light but the aircraft's bright landing lights are on, resulting gin intra-scene dynamic range of ~10E6. These… More

Long Range Imaging and Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $735,000.00
Abstract:
There is both a commercial and military need to improve the capability to reconnoiter and image targets of interest at long ranges and under adverse seeing conditions. The goal of this effort is to improve a key component needed for such long range imaging, an image sensor array capable of fast… More

Laser Beamrider Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Advances in laser based weapons constitute a real threat to military aircraft. Detection of incident laser beam illumination early enough to allow an active response is vital. A laser beamrider detection system must have a high probability of detection with a low false alarm rate. This proposal… More

X-Ray Camera for Plasma Instability Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr. John L. Lowrance , Director of Research
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
188 X-Ray Camera for Plasma Instability Diagnostics--Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc., 7 Deer Park Drive, , Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852-1921; (908) 274-0774 Mr. John L. Lowrance, Principal Investigator Mr. John L. Lowrance, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER82463 Amount: … More

OPTICAL TESTING OF NONLATEX CONDOMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Smith, stephen r
Award Amount: $86,058.00

X-Ray Camera for Plasma Instability Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr. John L. Lowrance , Director of Research
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
188 X-Ray Camera for Plasma Instability Diagnostics--Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc., 7 Deer Park Drive, , Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852-1921; (908) 274-0774 Mr. John L. Lowrance, Principal Investigator Mr. John L. Lowrance, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER82463 Amount: … More

Laser Beamrider Detection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $775,302.00
Abstract:
Advances in laser based weapons constitute a real threat to military aircraft. Detection of incident laser beam illumination early enough to allow an active response is vital. A laser beamrider detection system must have a high probability of detection with a low false alarm rate. This proposal… More

Programmable High Speed Large-Format CCD Camera

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Programmable high speed, large format Charge Coupled devices (CCDs) have numerous applications in image processing, surveillance, and reconnaissance applications. Such devices are also valuable tools in medical imaging and high speed event analysis. Motion or change detection is of definite interest… More

Digital High-Speed Imaging Technologies-Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance
Award Amount: $100,000.00

LASER HAZARD SENSOR WITH RECORDER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Stephen R. Smith
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Digital High-Speed Imaging Technologies-Hypersonic Wind Tunnel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $600,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Lightning Mapping Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance, Director of Research
Award Amount: $69,789.00
Abstract:
The proposal is to develop a lightning mapping system (LMS) camera based on a solid state array of smart-pixels that can detect, locate and quantify lightning transient events in the focal plane pixels without reading out the array. This concept is applicable to lightning mapping systems operating… More

OPTICAL TESTING OF CONDOMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Applicant's abstract verbatim): A prototype optical testing machine for condoms will be built and tested, first in the laboratory and later on loan to condom manufacturers. Unlike standard electrical testing, the machine will be able to separately identify… More

OPTICAL TESTING OF CONDOMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $427,632.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Applicant's abstract verbatim): A prototype optical testing machine for condoms will be built and tested, first in the laboratory and later on loan to condom manufacturers. Unlike standard electrical testing, the machine will be able to separately identify… More

Meteor Detection and UV Spectral Analysis System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Naval Research Laboratory
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance
Award Amount: $99,778.00
RI Contact: Herbert Gursky
Abstract:
The elemental composition of meteors is one of the keys to understanding their origin and in turn the evolution of the solar system. Spectroscopic measurement of the emission spectra of meteors as they are heated by entry into the Earth's atmosphere can yield this information. An objective-grating… More

IR Focal Plane Array (FPA) with Fast Shuttering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
60189 There is an important need to remotely detect and measure atmospheric concentrations of chemical agents of military and ecological concern. Because the absorption of light by molecules is the basis for such measurements, there is a need to improve the sensitivity of differential… More

IR Focal Plane Array (FPA) with Fast Shuttering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
60189 There is an important need to remotely detect and measure atmospheric concentrations of chemical agents of military and ecological concern. Because the absorption of light by molecules is the basis for such measurements, there is a need to improve the sensitivity of differential… More

Ultra-High Speed Imaging of Plasma Edge Turbulence

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
60292 Edge density turbulence in magnetic fusion plasmas is important for determining the edge plasma temperature and radial width of the plasma ¿ scrape-off layer¿. Edge parameters also strongly influence the global plasma confinement and the pattern of power and particle flux to the… More

Ultra-High Speed Imaging of Plasma Edge Turbulence

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, President
Award Amount: $400,000.00
Abstract:
60292 Edge density turbulence in magnetic fusion plasmas is important for determining the edge plasma temperature and radial width of the plasma ¿ scrape-off layer¿. Edge parameters also strongly influence the global plasma confinement and the pattern of power and particle flux to the… More

Star Trackers Based Upon Advanced Sensor Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, Director of Research
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Modern star trackers are based primarily upon Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) image sensors. CCDs are sensitive to the space radiation environment and can degrade rapidly under the influence of energetic charged particles and x-ray and gamma-ray photons.Recently, new types of image sensors have been… More

Lightning Mapping Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance, Director of Research
Award Amount: $599,308.00
Abstract:
The proposal is to develop a lightning mapping system (LMS) camera based on a solid state array of smart-pixels that can detect, locate and quantify lightning transient events in the focal plane pixels without reading out the array. This concept is applicable to lightning mapping systems operating… More

Lightning Mapping Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance, Director of Research
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The proposal is to develop a lightning mapping system (LMS) camera based on a solid state array of smart-pixels that can detect, locate and quantify lightning transient events in the focal plane pixels without reading out the array. This concept is applicable to lightning mapping systems operating… More

Meteor Detection and UV Spectral Analysis System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Villanova University
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: Edward McAssey
Abstract:
The elemental composition of meteors is one of the keys to understanding their origin and in turn the evolution of the solar system. Spectroscopic measurement of the emission spectra of meteors as they are heated by entry into the Earth's atmosphere can yield this information. An objective-grating… More

Cosmic-ray Shower Detector Focal Plane

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
The Orbiting Wide-angle Light-collectors (OWL): Observing Cosmic Rays From Space mission is one of the space obervatories in NASA's long range plan. This proposal addresses the need for a detector array to match the several square meter focal plane of the envisaged OWL telescope, while maintaining… More

Ultra High Speed Framing Pulsed X-ray System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, Director of Research
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
"Current x-ray imaging systems used in ballistic range measurements are single pulsed, one image per film plane systems. There is need for an ultra-high-framing x-ray system to capture multiple images at high frame rate from one location. The requirement isto produce multiple x-ray images on a… More

High-Bandwidth High-Resolution Sensor for Hypersonic Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: OHIO STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,987.00
RI Contact: Walter Lempert
Abstract:
There is the need for new diagnostic instrumentation capable of detailed hypersonic flow field characterization with spatial resolution of order 1 mm3 and temporal bandwidth of order MHz. In this proposal Princeton Scientific Instruments, in collabrationwith the Ohio State University Gas Dynamics… More

Ultra-High Speed Thermal Imaging of the Plasma-Facing Surfaces NSTX

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance
Award Amount: $99,671.00
Abstract:
72260S03-I The thermal imaging of plasma-facing surfaces, used in magnetic fusion experiments, could be valuable for understanding the physics of power loss processes and for assuring that wall surface temperatures remain below failure limits. In particular, recent concerns have been raised about… More

Silicon-Based Visible/Near-Infrared Affordable Missile Warning

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PRINCETON UNIV.
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $69,905.00
RI Contact: Richard Miles
Abstract:
A large majority of aircraft shot down over the past three decades have been lost to infrared (IR)-guided anti-aircraft missiles. One of the major factors affecting final development and deployment of an IR CounterMeasure (IRCM) system on Naval aircraftis the high cost of the system. This proposal… More

Silicon-Based Visible/Near-Infrared Affordable Missile Warning

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Princeton University
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, Director of Research
Award Amount: $496,305.00
RI Contact: Richard Miles
Abstract:
The Phase I objectives were to explore silicon based detector/optical concepts for detecting missile rocket plumes against the daylight background and select the most promising for development. The missile exhaust plumes include narrow emission lines, some of which overlay the solar Fraunhofer… More

Internal Magnetic Field Measurement of Plasmas Using an Alpha Particle VxB Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,692.00
Abstract:
75337-It is very important to measure the internal magnetic field distribution inside hot plasmas associated with magnetic fusion research; however, a material probe cannot survive the plasma without disturbing the process. This project will develop a magnetic field detector, useful for current and… More

High-Bandwidth High-Resolution Sensor for Hypersonic Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: OHIO STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $749,286.00
RI Contact: Walter Lempert
Abstract:
There is the need for new diagnostic instrumentation capable of detailed hypersonic flow field characterization with spatial resolution of order 1 mm3 and temporal bandwidth of order MHz. In this proposal Princeton Scientific Instruments, in collaboration with the Ohio State University Gas Dynamics… More

Back Illuminated CMOS Detector Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, Director of Research
Award Amount: $69,826.00
Abstract:
The low-cost, high-yield CMOS technology developed for digital memory fabrication is finding application in making low cost image sensor arrays. The CMOS arrays also have superior radiation hardness compared to CCD image sensors due to the fundamental differences in their readout. One major… More

Digital Schlieren Photography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, Director of Research
Award Amount: $99,916.00
Abstract:
The Holloman High Speed Test Track (HHSTT) currently uses photographic film based image motion compensation techniques to create Focusing Schlieren photos of high speed rocket sleds. Since film processing and film manufacturing continue to be phased out, this capability needs to be replaced by… More

Shipboard Laser Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, Director of Research
Award Amount: $69,974.00
Abstract:
Naval vessels in port or operating close to shore can be threatened by rocket propelled munitions, mortars, or artillery systems that incorporate laser targeting systems (or target designators). The use of laser warning receivers (LWR) which can provide precise pointing to the illuminating laser… More

Megapixel Low Light Level Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Imager for Persistent Surveillance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, President
Award Amount: $69,954.00
Abstract:
Persistent surveillance missions require the continuous observation of roadways, road junctions, and other areas of interest from platforms operating at low, medium, and high altitude. A single, monolithic CMOS sensor would provide significant advantages in terms of reduced complexity, size,… More

Shipboard Laser Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, Chief Scientist – (732) 274-0774
Award Amount: $447,694.00
Abstract:
Naval vessels in port or operating close to shore can be threatened by rocket propelled munitions, mortars, or artillery systems that incorporate laser targeting systems (or target designators). The use of laser warning receivers (LWR) which can provide precise pointing to the illuminating laser… More

Digital Schlieren Photography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John L. Lowrance, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $579,874.00
Abstract:
The Holloman High Speed Test Track (HHSTT) currently uses photographic film based image motion compensation techniques to create Focusing Schlieren photos of high speed rocket sleds. Since film processing and film manufacturing continue to be phased out, this capability needs to be replaced by… More

Megapixel Low Light Level Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Imager for Persistent Surveillance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance, Director of Research
Award Amount: $1,499,949.00
Abstract:
Persistent surveillance missions require the continuous observation of roadways, road junctions, and other areas of interest from platforms operating at low, medium, and high altitude. Because the area to be observed is not precisely known, the area of coverage for the sensor system is much greater… More

High Resolution Measurement of the Flow Velocity Field in a Supersonic Jet Plume

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Princeton University
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance, President – (732) 274-0774
Award Amount: $79,712.00
RI Contact: Richard B. Miles
Abstract:
Modern supersonic jet aircraft engines produce a high amplitude noise field with complicated characteristics due to turbulent behaviors of the hot jet. Researchers need better understanding of the turbulent structures in the jet plume to develop treatments to engines that might reduce the noise… More

U.S. ITER Diagnostics, X-ray Imaging Spectrometer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John Lowrance, Dr. – 732-274-0774
Award Amount: $149,978.00
Abstract:
In the ITER program the U.S. will provide a high resolution core imaging x-ray spectrometer that must operate with high fidelity when subjected to extraordinarily intense neutron and gamma ray radiation generated by ITER. The proposed Phase I effort will assess the ability of the x-ray detector… More