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Handheld IR Raman Spectroscopy for Rapid Chemical Identification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911SR-08-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: C081-102-0088
Amount: $99,856.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD08-102
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-05-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-11-30
Small Business Information
4160 Market St., Suite 6
Ventura, CA 93003
United States
DUNS: 145925520
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Michael MacDougal
 Vice-President of Engineering
 (805) 642-4645
Business Contact
 Jonathan Geske
Title: President
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Research Institution

Aerius Photonics and partner Ahura Scientific, propose to develop a handheld system, based on Ahura’s successful FirstDefender Raman system, that employs an excitation laser emitting at 980 nm and a low noise InGaAs array based on Aerius’ high performance InGaAs technology. This system will substantially reduce the fluorescence present in CCD-based systems, and unmask otherwise obscured spectra. The combination promises to establish a new standard for identifying low concentrations of chemicals using a compact, easy-to-use system. At the end of a successful Phase II, we would deliver a prototype unit having a footprint similar to the FirstDefender that is capable of identifying chemicals within seconds, and ready to be put into use very quickly. In Phase I of this program, we plan to build a breadboard version of the system that employs a 980 nm laser, a probe, a miniature spectrometer, and an InGaAs array.

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