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High-Resolution, Low-Cost Spectrometer-on-Chip

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Abeam Technologies
5286 Dunnigan Ct. Castro Valley, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: High-Resolution, Low-Cost Spectrometer-on-Chip
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-11-C-0045
Award Amount: $99,711.00


ABSTRACT: aBeam Technologies, Inc. proposes a new type of miniature spectrometer based on digital planar holography (DPH). This may lead to a revolution in optics, similar to the transition from electron tubes to integrated circuits in electronics. The spectrometer is an optical chip just a few millimeters in size; it can be implemented to detect any desired substance. The spectrometer can potentially be integrated with microfluidic circuitry into a laboratory-on-chip or even into cell phones. The fabrication method is compatible with micro/nanofabrication technology, which makes the production inexpensive. We have demonstrated the principle of DPH. The goal of this project is to demonstrate the new class of spectrometer-on-chip with functionality unattainable by common spectrometers, to design and fabricate a spectrometer with ultrahigh resolution in multiple, separated wavelength ranges. This type of device will be ideal for sensing specific materials, for example, for detecting biological and chemical hazards. BENEFIT: Our approach will revolutionize the applications of photo-spectrometers by greatly miniaturizing the sizes of sensors, decreasing their cost, and improving their sensitivity. The first targeted application will be the handheld, low-cost Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy system. It will then be expanded into other areas of spectrometers, such as Raman spectroscopy and for development of laboratory-on-chip. There is a potential for spectrometers-on-chip to be implemented within cell phones for specific biological or chemical hazard detection.

Principal Investigator:

Christophe Peroz
Senior Scientist
(510) 495-2710

Business Contact:

Sergey Babin
(510) 415-6032
Small Business Information at Submission:

Abeam Technologies
5286 Dunnigan Ct. Castro Valley, CA 94546-

EIN/Tax ID: 651236499
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
The Molecular Foundry
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
One Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720-
Contact: Stefano Cabrini
Contact Phone: (510) 486-7339