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Fully Integrated Low-Cost High-Precision Carbon Dioxide Analyzer

Award Information

Department of Energy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
29 b
Solicitation Number:
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Fully Integrated Low-Cost High-Precision Carbon Dioxide Analyzer
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90037
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00


Understanding global warming requires continuous field measurements of carbon dioxide concentrations. High-precision measurements of a part-in-3000, or better, are required. However, these high-performance instruments must meet stringent cost objectives. A simple, rugged, infrared spectrometer can provide the required measurement precision at the solicited volume price point. Vista Photonics proposes to develop a laser diode based spectrometer that can determine carbon dioxide concentration to 0.1 ppm precision in less than one minute with a retail price at $5,000. A new, simple and compact optical wavelength modulated carbon dioxide sensor was developed in this project. The Phase I work provides a solid foundation for the development of compact and rugged prototypes with 0.1 ppm measurement precision for long-term unattended field deployment. Integrated laser diode (LD) wavelength modulation spectrometer (WMS) prototypes will be designed and constructed. Long-term precision of the LD-WMS instruments for carbon dioxide will be determined. The low-cost sensor version will measure dry or wet ambient air with no sample preparation. The requirements for calibration and measurement procedures will be determined for long-term field deployment.Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The proposed technology offers high-performance in an inexpensive, field-compatible, package. The spectrometer can meet DOEs low solicited price point, which sets it apart from existing devices of comparable performance. The approach will offer a compelling blend of price, performance and physical advantages in a variety of gas detection applications. Examples include atmospheric monitoring, environmental regulatory compliance, process gas analysis, and biomedical breath diagnostics.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey Pilgrim

Business Contact:

Jeffrey S. Pilgrim
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vista Photonics, Inc.
3 N. Chamisa Dr., Ste 1 Santa Fe, NM 87508-9463

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