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Compact photonic sensor system for rapid biological threat detection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
96724
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
09SB3-0176
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09-010
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
RESONANT SENSORS INC.
416 Yates Street, Room NH518 Box 19016 ARLINGTON, TX 76010-1654
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Compact photonic sensor system for rapid biological threat detection
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N10PC20078
Award Amount: $99,000.00
 

Abstract:

The objective of this work is development of a new sensor system to rapidly detect and diagnose biological threats to the public, including microbial and toxic agents. A unique, new photonic resonance sensor concept implemented with subwavelength waveguide gratings is applied to monitor each detection event in real-time. Due to inherent polarization diversity, multiple resonance peaks shift their positions in angle when a bioreaction occurs, thereby providing cross-referenced data and protection against false positives. This label-free technology can be applied in complex biological samples, such as food products and water sources. It does not require extensive processing steps, thus simplifying assay tests and enabling a rapid response. The biochip detection system connects to portable computer interfaces for data acquisition and analysis by dedicated software codes. The research proposed will accomplish design, fabrication, testing, and verification of a prototype sensor for microbial and toxic agents. Commercial applicability of the technology is high relative to competing products. The basic sensor can be fashioned into ultra compact, dense arrays for simultaneous monitoring of multiple biological species as planned for Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Debra Wawro
CEO and Chief Scientist
8173008297
wawro@resonantsensors.com

Business Contact:

Debra Wawro
CEO and Chief Scientist
8173008297
wawro@resonantsensors.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Resonant Sensors Incorporated
416 Yates Street, NH518, Box 19016 Arlington, TX 76010

EIN/Tax ID: 562545305
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No