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Versatile Instrument for Broadband Measurements of Aerosol Extinction and…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
98688
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
03 f
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000577
Small Business Information
Seaforth, LLC
Campus Delivery - 1320 Engineering Research Center - CSU Fort Collins, CO 80523-1320
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Versatile Instrument for Broadband Measurements of Aerosol Extinction and Absorption
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-12ER86519
Award Amount: $149,550.00
 

Abstract:

Aerosols play critical roles in the atmosphere influencing, for example, visibility, air quality, and radiative forcing. The heat balance is largely determined by aerosol optical properties and databases of these properties are used as inputs to climate models. For both laboratory and field research, there is a pressing need for high-sensitivity instruments allowing measurement of aerosol optical properties over a broad wavelength range. We will employ cavity enhanced spectroscopy and modulated photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS) for broadband measurement of spectral aerosol extinction and absorption coefficients, respectively. Knowing extinction and absorption values allows determination of scattering (from the difference) and of albedo. In Phase I, we will show feasibility of a future field instrument allowing, for the first time, high-sensitivity broadband (100s of wavelength channels) measurements of both aerosol extinction and absorption.Commercial Application and other Benefits: Currently there are very limited commercial offerings for sensitive optical measurements of aerosols. In comparison to available products, the proposed instrument offers broadband operation, i.e. hundreds of wavelength channels as opposed to one (or up to three). Commercialization of the proposed instrument will therefore be of strong benefit to the atmospheric science community (university, government, industry). We have support letters from two instrument manufacturers showing their interest in our instrument.

Principal Investigator:

Azer Yalin
Dr.
970-266-0130
azer_yalin@yahoo.com

Business Contact:

Azer Yalin
Dr.
970-266-0130
azer_yalin@yahoo.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Seaforth, Llc
Campus Delivery - 1320 Engineering Research Center - CSU Fort Collins, CO -

EIN/Tax ID: 274517131
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Virginia
Dept. of Chemistry
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4319
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