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A Resonance-Enhanced Raman Sensor Using a Novel Solid State UV Laser

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
104365
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.11
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Crystal Research, Inc.
48501 Warm Springs Boulevard, Suite 103 Fremont, CA 94539-7750
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: A Resonance-Enhanced Raman Sensor Using a Novel Solid State UV Laser
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CD31P
Award Amount: $99,993.00
 

Abstract:

High throughput, fast detection and characterization of organic and inorganic materials have become important challenge for future planetary robotic rover exploration and planetary missions. Crystal Research, Inc. (CRI) proposes to develop a compact resonance-enhanced Raman spectral sensor that can provide highly sensitive remote detection and in situ characterization of geological materials. Through resonance-enhanced Raman scattering by exciting samples deep in the UV region, we can enhance Raman signal intensities by a factor of 1 million or more compared with conventional Raman spectroscopy. Furthermore, the proposed instrument is operated in a spectral region that is free of fluorescence interference. Recent advances in highly efficient diode pumped true CW UV laser using a novel mixed laser crystal at CRI makes the development of such a miniaturized sensor system feasible. The proposed instrument is a miniature, low-power stand-off sensor, ideal for future NASA in situ explorations. In Phase I, we will develop all required building blocks and perform proof-of-concept demonstration. The Phase II research will be focused on the design, fabrication and characterization of a working prototype for NASA evaluations.

Principal Investigator:

Suning Tang
Principal Investigator
5104450833
suningtang@eocrystal.com

Business Contact:

Suning Tang
Business Official
5104450833
suningtang@eocrystal.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Crystal Research, Inc.
48501 Warm Springs Boulevard, Suite 103 Fremont, CA 94539-7750

EIN/Tax ID: 943409142
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No