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A LIBS/Raman System for Planetary Surface Measurement

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105345
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.11
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Q Peak, Inc.
135 South Road Bedford, MA 01730-2307
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: A LIBS/Raman System for Planetary Surface Measurement
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CA41C
Award Amount: $749,852.00
 

Abstract:

For lightweight and power-efficient instruments that enable elemental and/or mineralogy analysis, Q-Peak proposes to develop a compact, robust, and efficient instrument capable of performing imaging spectroscopy, Laser-Raman Spectroscopy (LRS) and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). The main advantage in using these techniques for planetary science is the ability to rapidly collect a wealth of chemical information, by simply directing a laser beam on remote targets of interest. No sample preparation is necessary.As an important component of the Raman/LIBS instrument in Phase I, we developed, built and tested a 1.5 cubic-inch, Q-switched, solid state laser fitted with commercial, off-the-shelf optical components. The laser produced ~1 mJ,<2 ns-duration pulses at 523-nm wavelength and was used to analyze a norite sample by means of Raman/LIBS techniques. In Phase II we propose to further miniaturize and ruggedize the Phase I laser to a size of<1 cubic inch. We will scale up the energy-per-pulse up to 2 mJ and test the laser in a wide range of environments such as vibration, vacuum and temperature. We will design and test the optics in a CHAMP instrument modified to accommodate the compact laser. The TRL of the laser will be 6 at the conclusion of the effort.

Principal Investigator:

Bhabana Pati
Principal Investigator
7812759535
pati@qpeak.com

Business Contact:

B. David Green
Business Official
9786890003
green@psicorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Q-Peak, Inc.
135 South Road Bedford, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043427421
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No