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Hand-held, Standoff Chemical-Biological Hazard Detector

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Special Operations Command
Award ID:
66961
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
C021-0082
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aculight Corporation
22121 20th Avenue SE Bothell, WA 98021-4408
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Hand-held, Standoff Chemical-Biological Hazard Detector
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Contract: USZA22-02-P-0056
Award Amount: $99,995.00
 

Abstract:

SOCOM, other military branches, and civilian authorities (homeland defense) need ways to rapidly determine the presence of chemical and biological threats and classify their nature. Standoff detection of the threats would greatly enhance personnel safetyand allow more operational flexibility.We propose a novel laser-based system allowing remote measurements of the infrared spectra of aerosols, vapors, and surface contaminants. The key elements of the system are a pump laser based on well-developed COTS fiber-optic components used in thetelecom industry, coupled with a novel optical parametric oscillator tunable in the critical 7-12 micron spectral region. By leveraging off the recent rapid progress made in commercial fiber optic telecom technology for the primary components of the pumplaser, the system can be made compact, rugged, and low cost. The unique optical parametric oscillator makes use of the fiber optic pump laser feasible, due to the minimal pump pulse energy required to produce output in the 7-12 micron range.The resulting system will be able to rapidly measure infrared reflectance of surfaces and absorbance of aerosols at ranges up to hundreds of yards, allowing detection and identification of most chemical and many biological threats.

Principal Investigator:

Mark Bowers
4254821100
mark.bowers@aculight.com

Business Contact:

Dennis Lowenthal
4254821100
dennis.lowenthal@aculight.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ACULIGHT CORP.
11805 North Creek Parkway S., Suite 113 Bothell, WA 98011

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