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Novel n-pulse Approach for Revolutionary LIBS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
73527
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-057-2334
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Spectra, Inc.
46665 Fremont Boulevard Fremont, CA 94538-6410
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Novel n-pulse Approach for Revolutionary LIBS
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-06-C-0106
Award Amount: $729,947.00
 

Abstract:

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a powerful analytical sensor technology for military and civilian applications. Attributes include real-time measurement response, no sample preparation, high sensitivity, and the ability to detect signatures from chem/bio agents, explosives, toxic compounds and other hazardous materials. The Phase I SBIR proposal tested a new paradigm for LIBS, by using high repetition-rate, low energy laser pulses to enhance the LIBS plasma intensity. The effort theoretically and experimentally demonstrated this enhancement concept, with new supporting research showing significant intensity and plasma lifetime enhancements. Importantly, this enhancement approach was all optical (no additional power supplies to support secondary plasmas). Intensified gated detection was not required. The new approach allows new opportunities for LIBS applications including enhanced sensitivity, enhanced standoff capabilities, and continuous emission monitoring. The Phase II effort will thoroughly investigate and develop this new approach for LIBS, and produce design requirements for a new LIBS instrument to be commercialized in Phase III. The Phase II effort will emphasize analysis of several sample materials of military interest. Such a system will be of immediate use to the Army for applications in force protection and homeland security.

Principal Investigator:

Jong Yoo
Chief Scientist
4088880381
jyoo@appliedspectra.com

Business Contact:

Richard E. Russo
President - Senior Scient
9253301431
rerusso@appliedspectra.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

APPLIED SPECTRA, INC.
48834 Kato Road Fremont, CA 94538

EIN/Tax ID: 030544629
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No