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Terahertz Intracavity Spectrometer

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
87188
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A082-075-1192
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Zyberwear, Inc.
2114 New Victor Road Ocoee, FL 34761-9115
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Terahertz Intracavity Spectrometer
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-10-C-0030
Award Amount: $398,243.00
 

Abstract:

This SBIR Phase II project is to develop a hand-held sensing and alarm system for ultra-trace concentrations of chemical gases, biological aerosols, and explosive vapors. Unprecedented sensitivity will be achieved by intracavity laser absorption spectroscopy (ICLAS) which provides kilometer effective optical path lengths in a device with centimeter dimensions. Innovations include the use of semiconductor quantum cascade lasers (QCL) that operate in the terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum, a region rich in molecular signatures but under-utilized for spectral sensing. The Phase I work theoretically investigated the operational parameters and sensitivity limits of a THz ICLAS system, showing that it would be suitable for detection of vapors at ppb levels. A THz QCL ICLAS system was bread-boarded and the major components of a complete ICLAS experimentally demonstrated. Phase I option experiments will refine the detailed design for the Phase II field-deployable prototype threat sensor. The core threat sensor will be accessorized for sampling and sensing vapors inside sealed shipping containers and for screening passengers.

Principal Investigator:

Oliver Edwards
Director of Engineering
4072955955
oliver@zyberwear.com

Business Contact:

Oliver Edwards
Director of Engineering
4072955955
oliver@zyberwear.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ZYBERWEAR, INC.
2114 New Victor Road Ocoee, FL 34761

EIN/Tax ID: 770649232
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No