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Formaldehyde and Hydrogen Peroxide Instrument for Flight Based Measurements

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
72558
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
NOAA 05-96
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821-3976
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Formaldehyde and Hydrogen Peroxide Instrument for Flight Based Measurements
Agency: DOC
Contract: DG133R-05-CN-1193
Award Amount: $74,741.00
 

Abstract:

Hydrogen peroxide formation represents a loss of gas phase HOx and results in the transfer of atmospheric oxidative capacity to the liquid phase. Measurements of formaldehyde and H2O2 are vital to fully elucidate the atmospheric mechanisms associated with ozone formation and the formation of inorganic and secondary organic aerosol throughout the atmosphere. Tunable infrared differential absorption spectroscopy allows selective and sensitive measurements of many low molecular weight trace gas species. The ability to detect HCHO from an aircraft platform using pulsed quantum cascade lasers has been demonstrated (300 pptv Hz-¿. This proposal will apply these methods to the detection of H2O2. A novel approach to increase sensitivity is proposed by developing a continuous wave light source with an improved linewidth. Realization of the improvements proposed in this research program will lead to a single instrumentation package with detection sensitivity of 125 pptv Hz ¿ ¿ for H2O2 and 50 pptv Hz-¿ for formaldehyde.

Principal Investigator:

Scott C. Herndon
Senior Scientist
9786630266
herndon@aerodyne.com

Business Contact:

George N. Wittreich
Execuitve Vice President
9786630215
gnw@arodyne.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

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