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Formaldehyde Profiler Using Laser Induced Fluorescence Technique

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105278
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.08
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
MASSTECH, INC.
6992 COLUMBIA GATEWAY DR, #200 COLUMBIA, MD 21046-2985
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Formaldehyde Profiler Using Laser Induced Fluorescence Technique
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CA40C
Award Amount: $749,988.00
 

Abstract:

Formaldehyde (HCHO) is a key trace species that is of great interest to atmospheric scientists in NASA and other research institutions. In this SBIR project, we proposed to build an airborne atmospheric formaldehyde (HCHO) profiler implementing a Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) technique. This airborne instrument can also be used on the ground for measuring vertical HCHO profiles. To our knowledge, there exists no previous formaldehyde remote sensor that can measure range resolved formaldehyde profile by any technique. The instrument will be able to provide an HCHO profile from an aircraft flying at 20 km altitude to the ground at a 1 km range resolution, and achieve sensitivities better than 70 part-per-trillion-by-volume (pptv) concentration levels at a range of 1 km at nighttime with one second averaging time. In addition, we will explore the feasibility of daytime operation achieving sensitivity of less than 1 part-per-billion-by-volume (ppbv) at a range of 3 km. In Phase I we have built a breadboard formaldehyde profiler instrument and demonstrated the capability of performing highly sensitive nighttime formaldehyde measurements. The outcome of the Phase I work established the feasibility for high sensitivity detection of range resolved HCHO, and provides the design of the prototype sensor.

Principal Investigator:

Guangkun Li
Principal Investigator
4435393111
homer@apmaldi.com

Business Contact:

Richard Lee
Business Official
4435391742
rlee@apmaldi.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Masstech, Inc.
6992 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 200 Columbia, MD 21046-2985

EIN/Tax ID: 522333154
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No