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Wollaston prism based interferometer for chemical and biological early warning

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
C2-0363
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
CBD11-104
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
QuantaSpec Inc.
PO Box 163 Essex Junction, VT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Wollaston prism based interferometer for chemical and biological early warning
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911SR-12-C-0049
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
 

Abstract:

Rugged field spectrometers with no moving parts are needed for detecting chemical, biological, and explosive threats using the long wavelength (LWIR) spectrum. QuantaSpec has successfully designed and developed a no moving parts spectrometer with a spectral range of 7 to 12 microns in a past project. QuantaSpec has also built a functioning Wollaston prism spectrometer. This proposal will implement improvements to the Wollaston prism spectrometer to increase the spectral resolution. The performance of the spectrometer will then be characterized. The spectrometer will be integrated with a light source and sample cell to form a gas sensor. The developed gas sensor will be tested to determine the minimum detectable level (MDL) of the sensor for detection of triethyl phosphate (TEP). TEP is a simulant for the chemical warfare agent sarin (GB). The design team for this project includes a Physics Nobel Laureate who is a renowned expert in ultra-sensitive laser absorption spectroscopy. The proposed project will also benefit from QuantaSpec"s past experience in designing, developing, and testing similar spectrometers. QuantaSpec has received interest from at least one prime contractor in integrating this device into three products because of its small size, light weight, spectral range, and ruggedness.

Principal Investigator:

Kenneth Puzey
President
(802) 861-2728
kpuzey@quantaspec.com

Business Contact:

Jesse Giummo
VP Business Development
(802) 861-2727
giummo@quantaspec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

QuantaSpec Inc.
PO Box 163 Essex Junction, VT -

EIN/Tax ID: 201008260
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes