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Balloonborne Sensor for Measuring Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Award Information

Department of Energy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
29 b
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Small Business Information
Vista Photonics, Inc.
67 Condesa Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87508-8136
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Balloonborne Sensor for Measuring Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90036
Award Amount: $150,000.00


Measurement of atmospheric carbon dioxide on balloonsondes is a challenge to optical detection methods. High sensitivity, precision, and selectivity are required in a rugged, compact, lightweight package. Altitude-resolved atmospheric carbon dioxide detection on balloons is a critical component of the Department of Energy & apos;s greenhouse gas measurement strategy. Overall objective of the project is to develop a simple, rugged, lightweight laser-based spectrometer that can resolve carbon dioxide concentrations to better than 1 ppm in 30 seconds on a platform suitable for balloonsondes. In Phase I, the sensitivity and selectivity of the proposed sensor will be determined, as well as its capability to maintain high-precision detection under dynamically variable temperature, pressure and humidity conditions. The sensor will determine water vapor concentration for extracting the dry carbon dioxide mole fraction. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The proposed technology offers high-performance in an inexpensive, balloon-compatible, package. The approach will offer a compelling blend of price, performance and physical advantages for a variety of gas detection applications. Examples include atmospheric monitoring, environmental regulatory compliance, process gas analysis, and biomedical breath diagnostics

Principal Investigator:

Andrei B. Vakhtin

Business Contact:

Jeffrey S. Pilgrim
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vista Photonics, Inc.
3 N. Chamisa Drive, Suite 1 Santa Fe, NM 87508-9463

EIN/Tax ID: 200051259
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No