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A Miniaturized and Robust FTS Sensor

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2005 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Vescent Photonics
4865 E. 41st Ave Denver, CO 80216-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: A Miniaturized and Robust FTS Sensor
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNG05CA24C
Award Amount: $599,432.00


Vescent Photonics determined the feasibility of a miniaturized, robust, Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) for either in-situ or remote chemical and spectral analysis. During this phase I effort we investigated innovative, optical waveguide technology, capable of providing an unprecedented, entirely electro-optic replacement for millimeter or even centimeter scale mechanical mirror translation. This technology, developed by Vescent Photonics, enables a fully integrated FTS chemical sensor unit. The attributes of this sensor: i) small size, comparable to a book of matches, ii) low mass, only tens of grams, iii) small energy consumption, < 10-3 Watt-hours per measurement, iv) high sensitivity, detectable chemical densities < 1013 per cm3, and v) robust monolithic construction, are aptly suited for future NASA missions. Such a sensor can be integrated and deployed with a variety of exploration platforms. A single device will provide identification and quantification of multiple compounds (e.g., biogenically important CH4, NOx, NH3, H2O, and many more).

Principal Investigator:

Scott R. Davis
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Scott D. Rommel
VP Operation
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vescent Photonics, Inc.
2927 Welton St. Denver, CO 80205

EIN/Tax ID: 030437707
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No