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Real-time label-free detection of suspicious powders using non-contact optical…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A123-107-0216
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A123-107
Solicitation Number:
2012.3
Small Business Information
Photon Systems
1512 Industrial Park St. Covina, CA 91722-3417
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Real-time label-free detection of suspicious powders using non-contact optical methods
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911NF-13-C-0052
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

In situ assessment of suspicious powders within inorganic matrices, with particular emphasis on powders of biological origin, is currently limited to detection by biochemical methodologies that react with monomers such amino acids, nucleic acids, lipids or macromolecule compounds comprised of these basic subunits. These current methods include immunoassays or PCR, both of which require expensive equipment and reagents with limited shelf life and restrictive environmental conditions for storage and use. Current optical methods such as Raman spectroscopy using excitation in the near IR at 785 nm or visible at 532 nm, have not been able to detect or distinguish biological materials. Until recently, these have been the only classes of handheld instrumentation available to address the problem of identifying suspicious powders in near real-time and in situ at the site of an incident. We propose to develop and demonstrate an emerging handheld technology that employs a fusion of deep UV excited Raman and fluorescence spectroscopic methods that enable non-contact, real-time, detection and classification of trace amounts of biological material: without the need for reagents, labels or other consumables; without contact with or disturbing the suspicious powder and subsequent need for decontamination of instrumentation or spread of the powder.

Principal Investigator:

William F. Hug
Chairman&CEO
(626) 967-6431
w.hug@photonsystems.com

Business Contact:

Ray D. Reid
President&COO
(626) 967-6431
r.reid@photonsystems.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Photon Systems
1512 Industrial Park St. Covina, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 954681308
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No