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Dynamic Multicomponent Optical Analyzer for Chemical Weapon (CW) Exposure…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Award ID:
86060
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
C081-104-0029
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SCIENCE & ENGINEERING SERVICES, INC.
6992 Columbia Gateway Drive Suite 200 Columbia, MD 21046-2986
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Dynamic Multicomponent Optical Analyzer for Chemical Weapon (CW) Exposure Studies
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Contract: W911SR-09-C-0050
Award Amount: $749,992.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to build in Phase II a compact, rugged laser photoacoustic spectrometric (L-PAS) prototype sensor system (at technology readiness level TRL-6) for continuous, real-time broadband analysis of multiple chemicals. It will incorporate a tunable infrared quantum cascade laser (QCL), photoacoustic cell and air sampler system in a sealed decontamination-capable module and an efficient algorithm for rapid high sensitivity, multi-component CW agent measurements in under a minute. In Phase I we have utilized a laboratory L-PAS instrument to successfully demonstrate feasibility through CWA simulant measurements in clean dry air and with multiple interferents. Several developments crucial for building compact field-usable sensor were completed, including: room temperature continuous-wave QCL in 9.5-10.5m range with >100mW output; single mode operation; mode-hop-free multi-step laser tuning over ~700nm wavelength range in <10sec with rapid (<30ms) settling between wavelengths; autonomous laser tuning software; and optimizing algorithms for retrieval of multi-component concentrations. Laboratory tests of L-PAS sensor performed with simulants DIMP and DMMP were analyzed to determine sensor performance: (DMMP detection limit <2ppb) and ROC curves. The prototype sensor will be field tested with simulants and agents in DoD test sites to qualify (TRL-6) and characterize the sensor after which it will be delivered to the sponsor.

Principal Investigator:

Coorg R. Prasad
Vice President
4435391731
prasad@sesi-md.com

Business Contact:

Robert M. Serino
Director of Operations
4435391735
rserino@sesi-md.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING SERVICES, INC.
6992 Columbia Gateway Drive Suite 200 Columbia, MD 21046

EIN/Tax ID: 521569411
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No