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Compact, Wide Field Photoacoustic Explosive Detection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
97572
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-038-0511
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-038
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
OPTRA, Inc
461 Boston Street Topsfield, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Compact, Wide Field Photoacoustic Explosive Detection
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-10-C-0022
Award Amount: $118,319.00
 

Abstract:

OPTRA proposes the development of an explosive detector comprised of a Risley scanner and a standoff photoacoustic detector for robot-based mobile operation. During the Phase I, OPTRA will be focused on developing demonstration hardware and collecting spectra of explosives samples to demonstrate feasibility. The Risley scanner is a mature technology, which uses a pair of matched prisms to steer a laser beam anywhere inside a cone. OPTRA has extensive experience developing and customizing such Risley scanners to accommodate a variety of applications including infrared countermeasures, optical avoidance and optical communication. The standoff photoacoustic explosive detection hardware concept was developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) and utilizes a Quartz Crystal Tuning Fork (QCTF) to detect reflected returns from the target. Using this technology, ORNL has demonstrated the ability to not only detect explosive concentrations as low as 100 ng/cm2 at a range of 20 m, but also to distinguish between various explosives. By coupling these two demonstrated technologies, OPTRA should be able to rapidly demonstrate and prototype a compact, wide field, highly sensitive explosive detector capable of monitoring large areas from a safe distance, which should help neutralize the IED threat in the near term.

Principal Investigator:

Craig Schwarze
Systems Engineer
9788876600
cschwarze@optra.com

Business Contact:

James Engel
President
9788876600
jengel@optra.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

OPTRA, Inc
461 Boston Street Topsfield, MA 01983

EIN/Tax ID: 042710274
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No