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Measuring Low Fluxes of Photons, Neutral Molecules and Ions with a New…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
124346
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.04
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Space Systems Research Corporation
1940 Duke Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314-3452
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Measuring Low Fluxes of Photons, Neutral Molecules and Ions with a New Generation of Detectors
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CG17P
Award Amount: $124,725.00
 

Abstract:

A new detector evaluation method (DEM) is proposed to determine the response of graphene detectors to low fluxes of photons, neutral atoms/molecules, and ions in the space environment of high to ultra-high vacuum. The method, aimed mainly at evaluation for space applications of new graphene detectors, is also applicable to other detectors operating in non-space environments. DEM will test graphene response to very low fluxes of atoms and molecules, ions, and photons; if sensitive to extremely low fluxes of a few 100/s, the timing of pulses produced by bunched events may open up an entirely new avenue to time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Closely coordinating with the NASA GSFC Detector Systems Branch, DEM will characterize the detector response to enable low-cost demonstrations of ionosphere-thermosphere investigations in low-Earth-orbit in CubeSats and sounding rockets. Space-borne measurements require knowledge of the response to the three kinds of particles: photons, ions, and neutrals, to properly design experiments. DEM controls vacuum pressure at the detector and can validate the application of these new detectors to a new series of mass spectrometers that can operate over a broad range of vacuum pressures (0.1 milliTorr and lower) because of their small size?DEM will add value to cost effective NASA balloon, sounding rocket, and satellite investigations.

Principal Investigator:

Federico Herrero
Senior Research Scientist
3013852188
herrerof@thessrc.com

Business Contact:

Rebecca Baugh
President
5713311960
baughb@thessrc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Space Systems Research Corporation
1940 Duke Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314-3452

EIN/Tax ID: 262496885
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No