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FIBER-OPTIC INTERFEROMETRIC SENSOR FOR CHEMICAL AGENTS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
15113
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
15113
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Research Applications Inc
824 West 10th Street Suite 20 0 Austin, TX 78701
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: FIBER-OPTIC INTERFEROMETRIC SENSOR FOR CHEMICAL AGENTS
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $69,489.00
 

Abstract:

CURRENT GAS MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES ARE INADEQUATE TO DETECT GASES USED IN CHEMICAL WARFARE WITH ENOUGH ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY IN THE HOSTILE WAR ZONE ENVIRONMENTS. IT IS NECESARY TO HAVE A SENSOR THAT WILL PROVIDE INSTANTANEOUS AND CONTINUOUS MEASUREMENT OF THE POISONOUS GASES. IT MUST OPERATE IN A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT, INCLUDING THOSE OF HIGH SMOKE, DUST, AND OTHER VAPER/PARTICULATE CONTAMINATION. THE PROPOSED APPROACH UTILIZES DR. BUCHMAN'S NEW FUNDAMENTAL CIRCUIT IMPROVEMENT TO FIBER OPTIC INTERFEROMETRIC TECHNOLOGY THAT GIVES DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED SIGNAL TO NOISE AND SENSITIVITY (BETTER THAN 10 TO 1 IMPROVEMENT). THIS TECHNOLOGY WAS DEVELOPED AT THE UNIVERISTY OF TEXAS AND ENHANCED BY RESEARCH APPLICATIONS FOR ACOUSTIC SENSORS. UNDER THIS PROPOSAL THE FUNDAMENTAL INTERFEROMETIC TECHNOLOGY IS BEING ENHANCED AND ADAPTED TO A GENERALIZED PHOTO-ACOUSTIC SENSOR. THE SENSOR IS BEING BUILT AS A GENERALIZED GAS SPECIE MEASUREMENT; HOWEVER, ONE GAS WILL BE SELECTED TO RUN COMPLETE PERFORMANCE TESTS. THE PHASE I MILESTONES ARE: - THEORETICAL STUDY OF SENSITIVITY/RESPONSE TRADEOFFS - OPTIMIZATION OF SIGNAL PROCESSING FOR SPECIFIC INTERFEROMETER - BUILD TEST PHOTO-ACOUSTIC OPTRODE - BUILD ENHANCED BUCKMAN INTERFEROMETER - INTEGRATE OPTRODE WITH INTERFEROMETER - TEST FOR PERFORMANCE WITH SAMPLE GAS

Principal Investigator:

Aaron Seltzer
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Research Applications Inc
824 West 10th Street Suite 20 Austin, TX 78701

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