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Miniaturized FT-IR Sensor for Infrared Measurements

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108-3728
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: Miniaturized FT-IR Sensor for Infrared Measurements
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $655,336.00


2Phase II will develop an advanced dynamically-balanced "isolation interferometer" whose mirror motion is decoupled from external vibrations. Such an interferometer can be employed to make an FT-IR instrument which is immune to vibration and is permanently aligned. Advanced Fuel Research,Inc./On-line Technologies, Inc. will test both the plane mirror and corner cube designs, choose the best one and fabricate and test an FT-IR spectrometer for delivery to the Army. Phase II will result in a break-through improvement in portable, rugged, FT-IR instrumentation with the following performance improvements: factor of 30 in vibration suppression; factor of 10 increase in signal-to-noise ratio; factor of 10 increase in scan speed; and a factor of 3 reduction in size and weight. Applications of a passive IR sensor include: identification of rocket launches from satellites, battlefield chemical detection, toxic chemical monitoring, monitoring of emission from superfund sites and monitoring of smoke stack and auto effluents.

Principal Investigator:

Peter Solomon

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
P.o. Box 380379 East Hartford, CT 06138

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No