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Hemispherical Mercuric Iodide Detector

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
51852
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
65821S01-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Hemispherical Mercuric Iodide Detector
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-01ER83139
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

65821 Aircraft measurements of ammonia and nitric acid can provide critical information on the sources and sinks of these atmospheric nitrogen species. This is important in understanding air quality, aerosol formation, visibility, and the impact of energy production and usage on global climate change. This project will develop a compact tunable infrared laser differential absorption spectrometer. Based on recent advances in room temperature pulsed quantum cascade lasers, it will greatly improve the sensitivity of real-time airborne measurements for the detection of ammonia and nitric acid at the 10 parts-per-billion level. In Phase I, the sensitive detection of nitric acid with pulsed quantum cascade lasers will be simulated. A pulse shaping network for decreasing the laser width will be developed to improve sensitivity. Sampling issues, including inlet design and wall loss, will be explored. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by awardee: A sensitive, cryogen-free, mid-infrared absorption method for atmospheric trace gas detection should have wide benefits for environmental research, medical diagnostics, and industrial process monitoring of gaseous compounds. Examples include air pollution monitoring, breath analysis, combustion exhaust diagnostics, and plasma diagnostics for semi-conductor fabrication.

Principal Investigator:

Mark S. Zahniser
Principal Research Scientist
9786639500
mz@aerodyne.com

Business Contact:

Charles E. Kolb
President
9786639500
kolb@aerodyne.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821

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