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A NOVEL 3-D DIGITAL HOLOGRAPHIC INSTRUMENT FOR IMAGING ICE CRYSTALS IN CIRRUS

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
21615
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
21615
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SPEC Incorporated
3022 Sterling Circle Suite 200 Boulder, CO 80301
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: A NOVEL 3-D DIGITAL HOLOGRAPHIC INSTRUMENT FOR IMAGING ICE CRYSTALS IN CIRRUS
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $299,998.00
 

Abstract:

CIRRUS CLOUDS CONTINUOUSLY COVER NEARLY 40 PERCENT OF THE EARTH'S SURFACE AND ARE KNOWN TO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE ON THE GLOBAL RADIATION BUDGET. TROPICAL STORMS GENERATE CIRRUS ANVILS THAT ARE BLOWN HUNDREDS OF KILOMETES DOWNWIND AND LIMIT WARMING OF THE SEA SURFACE. THIS MAY INFLUENCE THE SUBSEQUENT GENERATION OF TROPICAL STORMS AND MAY EVEN PLAY A ROLE IN CONTROLLING THE SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (I.E., THE EL NINO EVENT). LIMITED AIRCRAFT OBSERVATIONS USING CRYSTAL COLLECTORS AND REPLICATORS SUGGEST THAT CIRRUS ARE COMPOSED MOSTLY OF ICE CRYSTALS WITH COMPLEX SHAPES THAT RANGE IN SIZE FROM ABOUT 10 UM-->1 MM. THE COLLECTORS AND REPLICATORS USED IN THESE STUDIES ARE LIMITED TO MAKING COARSE SPATIAL OBSERVATIONS AND DO NOT PROVIDE GOOD MEASUREMENTS OF CRYSTAL CONCENTRATION. THE CURRENT AIRCRAFT OPTICAL IMAGING PROBES ARE NOT CAPABLE OF MAKING GOOD MEASUREMENTS OF CRYSTAL CONCENTRATIONS FOR SIZES

Principal Investigator:

R Paul Lawson
3034491105

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Stratton Park Engineering Co
5401 Western Ave Ste B Boulder, CO 80301

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